WM Housing Group signs up to the CIH’s domestic abuse awareness campaign

WM Housing Group, which is soon to become Citizen, has signed up to the Chartered Institute of Housing’s (CIH) Make a Stand campaign supporting those affected by domestic abuse.

Millions of people suffer from domestic abuse each year and up to two women are killed by their partner or ex partner every week.

Housing associations house millions of people across the UK – so many residents may be affected by this abuse.

Signing up to the campaign means that we have pledged to make four commitments which will help those suffering from domestic abuse.

These include:

  • Putting in place a policy to support residents affected by domestic abuse
  • Ensuring information about national and local domestic abuse support services is available on our website and in other appropriate places so it is easily accessible for residents and staff
  • Putting a HR policy in place or amending an existing policy to support staff who may be experiencing abuse
  • Appointing a champion at a senior level in our organisation to own the activity we are doing and support people who are experiencing domestic abuse.

This pledge has been developed in partnership with Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance and Women’s Aid – and by publicly agreeing we are acting to support those suffering from domestic abuse.

Policy Officer at WM Housing Group, Lucy Green, says: “It is incredibly important that we support people who are suffering from domestic abuse and supporting the Chartered Institute of Housing’s campaign is a great way to do this.

“So many people suffer from domestic abuse and we need to do everything we can to support them.

“We are working on ensuring that we complete all four commitments and we will provide staff with updates in due course.

“We are also currently revising our domestic violence and abuse policy to make sure that it aligns with this campaign.”