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River Clyde Homes takes a stand against domestic abuse

The pledge encourages housing organisations to commit to supporting people affected by domestic abuse.

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River Clyde Homes, the Inverclyde-based housing association, has signed up to the Chartered Institute of Housing’s ‘Make a Stand’ pledge, to support people in its community who experience domestic abuse.

The campaign centres around a pledge that has been developed by the Chartered Institute of Housing in partnership with Women’s Aid and the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) to encourage housing organisations to commit to supporting people affected by domestic abuse. River Clyde Homes now joins more than 300 housing organisations who have signed up to the campaign.

Elaine Cannon, Service Improvement Manger, Central Team said: “As a large housing association, and a major employer, we are in a unique position to be able to identify the signs of abuse. By signing up to the pledge, we are recognising the critical need to develop policies that will help support not only those who live in our homes but also our employees.”

“We will also have committed ‘champions’ throughout the organisation who will be trained and be able to provide confidential guidance to any staff who may themselves be affected by domestic abuse.”

Working in partnership with Inverclyde Women’s Aid, who can provide practical and emotional support to women who experience domestic abuse, River Clyde Homes will publicise on their website and in communal areas, information on local and national domestic abuse support services, for both customers and staff. 

Marilyn Beveridge is the vice-chair of the River Clyde Homes Board. She said: “I am extremely proud that River Clyde Homes has committed to this pledge. Millions of people experience domestic abuse every year, with more than two women killed by their partner, or ex-partner, every week in the UK.

“As a housing association, we recognise the important role we can play in supporting those who experience domestic abuse and, by providing practical support through embedding a policy to support residents, this demonstrates our commitment to improving lives and places.”

To anyone experiencing domestic abuse, help is available. In an emergency, call the police on 999.

Anyone experiencing domestic abuse or who is concerned about someone else can call Inverclyde Women’s Aid on 01475 888 505 or the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline free on 0808 2000 247.

The following organisations can also offer further information, advice and support on dealing with domestic abuse:

Women’s Aid  

Refuge