The Association has signed up to the Chartered Institute of Housing’s (CiH) Make a Stand Pledge and has committed to take action to support people experiencing domestic abuse.
Make a Stand was launched in June 2018 as part of the CiH’s commitment to tackle domestic abuse. It centres around a pledge that CiH has developed in partnership with the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) and Women's Aid.
Millions of people experience domestic abuse every year, with two women being killed by their partner or ex-partner every week. Housing organisations house and employ millions of people across the UK, and that means we house and employ many thousands of people affected by domestic abuse.
By signing the pledge, Cloch has become part of that collective effort and will put these four commitments in place:
- Put in place and embed a policy to support residents who are affected by domestic abuse
- Make information about national and local domestic abuse support services available on your website and in other appropriate places so that they are easily accessible for residents and staff
- Put in place an HR policy, or amend an existing policy, to support members of staff who may be experiencing domestic abuse
- Appoint a champion at a senior level in your organisation to promote the activity you are doing to support people experiencing domestic abuse
The National Domestic Violence Helpline
A free, confidential helpline run by Women's Aid and Refuge for anyone experiencing domestic abuse and it is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
0808 2000 247
The UK membership organisation for work with domestic violence perpetrators, male victims of domestic violence and young people's violence in close relationships.
Helpline for people concerned about their behaviour - 0808 802 4040
Helpline for men experiencing domestic abuse - 0808 801 0327
provides a range of information and support on domestic abuse, including support for people experiencing domestic abuse and people who are concerned that others may be. The details for Scotland are:
0800 027 1234
Women's Aid provide:
- Domestic Violence Floating Support
- Domestic Violence Outreach
- Drop-in Support Groups
- Dedicated Service for Children/Young People
· Contact details for Inverclyde Women's Aid are:
To find information about your local Women's Aid service, check the Women's Aid Domestic Abuse Directory.
The Domestic Abuse (Protection) (Scotland) Act was introduced in May 2021 to improve the protections available to people who are at risk of domestic abuse, particularly where they are living with the perpetrator of abuse. The Act aims to do this in two ways:
- Part 1 creates new orders which can be made by the Police and the courts; and
- Part 2 will allow a social landlord (like Cloch) to apply to the court to end the tenancy of a domestic abuse perpetrator.
Whilst the commencement date of the Act is yet to be confirmed anyone who thinks they are affected by the Act can contact the Association to discuss their situation.