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30 November 2017

White Ribbon Day 2017 - Day four

Holly Dagnall
Director of Care and Support, Nottingham Community Housing Association

An estimated 1.9 million adults reported instances of domestic abuse in the last year and around 1 in 5 children have been exposed to domestic abuse.

Data from the Office for National Statistics in 2015 reveals a link between poverty and domestic abuse; women living in the poorest households are three times more likely to experience it.

In addition we know from the Department of Communities and Local Government’s English Housing Survey 2015-2016 that 45% of social housing tenants are in the lowest income quintile.

So, as a social housing provider we have a huge responsibility to support our tenants.

This year we were proud to achieve accreditation from the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA), demonstrating our dedication to standing up to domestic abuse and violence.

It is fantastic that we have been recognised by DAHA for the work that we do to combat domestic abuse. We know how hard it can be for people to reach out and seek support, and that’s why we’re training our staff to recognise where there are concerns.

Domestic abuse is often a hidden crime. We want our tenants to know that we take a zero tolerance approach to it. We will support anyone experiencing domestic abuse, in any form, in all the areas we work.

We offer both a supportive and an enforcement role. We will work with survivors to help them access safer housing, or by taking action against perpetrators. Where it is required we can evict perpetrators from joint tenancies, change locks and put bars on windows.

Where a tenant is experiencing domestic abuse, and needs to move to safety, we will allocate them emergency transfer status and give them priority where there is suitable alternative accommodation.

At NCHA we have been working to support survivors of domestic abuse for over forty years, our DAHA accreditation is our latest action in this long tradition. Looking to the future we are looking to secure funding to enhance our staff training. We want to ensure that we will always be there to support all tenants who call on us for help.

Contacts

  • If you are in immediate danger call 999
  • If you are an NCHA tenant, contact your Estate Officer on 0800 013 8555 / 0115 844 3150
  • Alternative contacts and information can be found at: housing.ncha.org.uk/domesticabuse
To find out more about the services we offer, visit: careandsupport.ncha.org.uk/domestic-abuse