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New training to tackle domestic abuse in Wheatley communities

Wheatley Group partners with charity, SafeLives, to train staff in understanding abuse, spotting the signs that a customer could be a victim and knowing how to respond effectively.

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Staff at Scotland’s largest housing, property management and care organisation are being given new training to help tackle domestic abuse.

Wheatley Group has partnered with national charity, SafeLives, to train all of its staff in understanding abuse, spotting the signs that a customer could be a victim and knowing how to respond effectively.

All housing officers and other key frontline staff will be given bespoke face to face training, while all other staff will complete an online course. It is the first time SafeLives have worked with a housing association in Scotland.

The move comes as Scotland’s new domestic abuse legislation came into force.

Alex Adrain, Managing Director of Wheatley 360, which looks after community safety, said: “SafeLives research shows that around 130,000 people in Scotland experience domestic abuse every year.

“Domestic abuse is an issue for everyone, and in every community, but we are here to support all our customers to live in their home safely, and we do everything we can to tackle domestic abuse.

“We are determined to do everything we can to tackle domestic abuse in our communities and help our customers lead safe and happy lives.

“This training means all our staff will have the knowledge and confidence to tackle domestic abuse in all its forms.”

Wheatley Group is also a signatory to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Make A Stand campaign, which urges the housing sector to do more to tackle domestic abuse.