White Ribbon Day 2021
Colette O'Neil, our domestic abuse lead, talks about the work we do supporting those affected by domestic abuse
Seeking an end to gender-based violence
Today is White Ribbon Day (WRD) and the start of the UN’s 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.
On this day, communities, workplaces and organisations are asked to come together and say ‘no’ to violence against women and girls.
In another year that has seen truly horrific acts of violence perpetrated against women and girls, the WRD message for 2021 is that all men can make a difference by pledging to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.
#All Men Can
Colleagues from across NCHA will today be publically making this pledge. But our commitment to stand against domestic abuse is not limited to this one day a year.
At NCHA, we have a long history of saying ‘no’ to gender-based violence through our specialist domestic abuse services Umuada and WISH. We also lead the Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Partnership, supplying refuge accommodation, outreach adult and children’s support, adult therapeutic services, school programmes, and RESPECT accredited adult perpetrator and young person’s programmes.
As an accredited member of the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA), we have made changes across the association to help us identify, respond to and support cases of domestic abuse affecting our customers and colleagues.
We have DA Leaders across the organisation who ensure their department contributes to our coordinated response to domestic abuse.
Internally, trained colleagues volunteer their time supporting our people who may be concerned about their own, or a colleague’s circumstances.
It’s so important that we continue to talk about domestic abuse and stand strong, together.