Thirteen makes a stand against domestic abuse

Thirteen has signed a pledge to support people who live and work in housing who are experiencing domestic abuse, as part of the national Make a Stand campaign.

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14 May 2019

The Make a Stand pledge has been created by the Chartered Institute of Housing in partnership with Women’s Aid and the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) and is aimed at housing providers.

In supporting the campaign, Thirteen is working towards the four Make a Stand commitments, which are to:

·       embed a policy to support residents who are experiencing domestic abuse

·       make information about national and local domestic abuse support services available on its website and in other easily accessible places for staff and customers

·       put in place an HR policy and procedure on domestic abuse to support members of staff who are experiencing domestic abuse

·       appoint a champion within the organisation

Chris Joynes, Director of Customer Support Services at Thirteen said: “As a caring landlord, we have always taken this issue very seriously and believe that as a housing provider we are ideally placed to help tackle it.

“By signing up to the pledge, we join housing organisations across the UK to send out a powerful message to staff and customers that may have experienced domestic abuse that they are not alone, and there is help and support available to them.”

The organisation already offers support for people in their homes or in its specialist accommodation, where members of its support staff offer one to one and group work to help raise self-esteem. Its tailor-made programmes recognise and respond to the unique needs of people who have experienced domestic violence.

Thirteen is also applying for full DAHA accreditation, the recognised Home Office-supported benchmark for how housing providers should respond to domestic abuse in the UK.

Find out more about Thirteen's domestic abuse support services here