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28 November 2017

White Ribbon Day 2017 - Day two

Mike Andrews, Chief Executive

Supporting survivors of domestic abuse and violence has always been integral to what we do at NCHA.

I remember being at college in London back in the 70’s. We visited Chiswick Women’s Aid, the first refuge in the country. It was hectic and overcrowded, but the overwhelming sense of relief was obvious; the women there felt safe.

‘Battered wives’, as it was termed back then, was rarely talked about. It was something that people knew happened, but it stayed behind closed doors. Yet the image of the refuge at Chiswick really stuck with me.

While looking through some old NCHA minutes recently, I came across a reference to the first refuge we developed in 1975. It was possibly the second refuge in the country. In 1975 our organisation was only two years old and we owned less than 100 homes.

At a time when the subject was swept under the carpet, this would have seemed revolutionary. It is both wonderful and fascinating that as such a young organisation, women’s refuge was so high on our agenda.

And high on our agenda it has remained, for the 44 plus (and counting) years we have been operating across the East Midlands.

At any one time we support around 100 individuals, women, men and children across the East Midlands.
Why do we do it? Simply, because it is the right thing to do. Thank God, things have moved on now, domestic abuse is talked about, it is out in the open.

Wouldn’t it be great if we lived in a world where these services are not needed, but at the moment there is still not enough. Unfortunately, there is never enough money to do all that we want to do, but we will never stop doing the best that we can.

We all have a moral duty to call it out where we see it. Our staff are armed with the knowledge to look out for danger signs and what to do if abuse is suspected. We have an obligation to raise awareness; domestic abuse, violence and coercion is not acceptable.

I am so proud of our staff who work in these services. Their commitment and dedication shine through. They make such a huge difference and as an organisation we are extremely grateful for all the work they do. They are our unsung heroes!”

Mike Andrews
Chief Executive, Nottingham Community Housing Association

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: https://careandsupport.ncha.org.uk/domestic-abuse