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01 December 2017

White Ribbon Day 2017

This year we have lent our support to White Ribbon Day by telling 5 stories across the last week of November.

Take a look at the stories below:

White Ribbon Day 2017 - Day one

At a quiet suburban location, three residents at one of our domestic abuse refuges told their story:

"I have been here for 14 days. My child has been really scared that the perpetrator will find us, but things are getting better, [the child] is already settled at school. I’m very self-sufficient, and I just want to get on with my life now.

“A social worker brought us here. The first weekend was awful and I nearly went back. But the staff have been brilliant. I’m now ready to talk about it. Read more ...

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. Read more ...

White Ribbon Day 2017 - Day three

“You’re stronger than you think”

Our refuges are a lifeline, a place of safety, where people can begin to rebuild their lives.

For Mandy, her story has come full circle. She now works in the very refuge where she herself once sought shelter: “The day I walked back through the gates as a member of staff was a massive step forward for me.”

On living in a violent and controlling relationship, Mandy says: “I was blind, I couldn’t see it. Friends would ask me when I was going to leave, but it always felt that if something had gone wrong, it would have been my fault. Read more ...

White Ribbon Day 2017 - Day four

Holly Dagnall, Director of Care and Support

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. Read more ...

White Ribbon Day 2017 - Day five

Our staff took to twitter to pledge their support: Take a look at our Twitter page

"I pledge to never commit, condone, or remain silent about men's violence against women in all forms."


  • 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
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