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Housing provider makes a stand for women in crisis

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Swindon-based social housing provider Stonewater has joined a national campaign to tackle domestic abuse within its housing communities across the South West.

The Make a Stand campaign centres around a pledge which has been developed by the Chartered Institute of Housing in partnership with Women’s Aid and the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance.

It consists of four pledges which housing organisations can commit to support to help people that live and work in housing who are experiencing domestic abuse.

These commitments call for housing providers to have policies in place by September 2019 which support residents experiencing domestic abuse; provide easy-to-access information about national and local domestic abuse support services on key websites; establish HR policies and procedures on domestic abuse to help residents and staff; and appoint a staff champion to support people experiencing domestic abuse.

“Stonewater is fully committed to tackling abuse in the home within our communities and we are proud to be supporting the Make a Stand pledge," said Guy Stenson, Stonewater’s director of housing strategy & transformation.

"While we are already strengthening our people protection policies across our organisation, these four commitments will enable us to make further improvements to protect those in crisis.

“As a leading provider of refuges and specialist support services for women and children affected by domestic abuse, we are keenly aware of the scale of the problem and the need for the housing sector to take a leading role in responding to this issue which could save a life.”