Making a stand against domestic abuse

One of our longer standing DA Champs at Cottsway Housing (Shaz) in West Oxfordshire, wanted to share news of an initiative with the Chartered Institute of Housing:


Cottsway Housing has signed up to the national Make a Stand campaign to help tackle domestic abuse.


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


Cottsway — which provides affordable housing for more than 10,000 people across West Oxfordshire, the Cotswolds, Wiltshire and Worcestershire — operates a zero-tolerance policy towards domestic abuse and violence. It works in partnership with local authorities, Thames Valley Police and others such as NHS and social services, to tackle the issue of domestic abuse.


Cottsway has designated four of its staff members as ‘Domestic Abuse Champions’ to act as the ‘go-to’ people for advice and support, and front-line staff have been trained to provide support if a customer discloses domestic abuse to them.


Wendy Hardy, Cottsway’s Head of Housing and one of its Domestic Abuse Champions, said: “No-one should suffer abuse, or the threat of abuse. The housing sector plays a key role in recognising and responding to domestic abuse, and I’m very proud that Cottsway is supporting the Make a Stand initiative.


“Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, at any time. The person causing the harm may be a stranger, but more often than not, it is someone known to the victim. I would like to assure people that everyone at Cottsway will do everything we can to help our customers who may be affected by domestic abuse.”


Cottsway has measures in place through agreed policies that enable it to take steps to remove perpetrators of domestic abuse from tenancies and to ensure victims of abuse can continue to live in their home.


As part of the Make a Stand pledge Cottsway has also committed to:


  • Make information about national and local domestic abuse support services readily available on Cottway's website
  • Support staff who may be experiencing abuse.

For more details about the Make a Stand campaign and to get involved, see: cih.org/makeastand