Vale Homes signs CIH pledge to make a stand against domestic abuse
Vale Homes has signed the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) pledge against domestic abuse, joining other housing providers throughout the UK.
The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards.
Vale Homes provide services to just over 4,000 council tenants, making the Council the largest landlord across the Vale of Glamorgan.
Their pledge includes:
ensuring staff know how to access support and are aware of the corporate domestic abuse work base policy;
embedding the Vale Home’s Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (VAWDASV) Policy ensuring that tenants get the best support for us as a landlord;
raising awareness of domestic abuse support services within Vale and showing these our support at the highest level;
promoting the work of our senior domestic abuse champion and appointing a number of champions within the staff teams who can provide specialist domestic abuse support.
The team strives to ensure that victims receive the appropriate support which may include either remaining in their home or looking for alternative accommodation solutions.
As a landlord, they also recognise that support is more than just accommodation, its
ensuring that wider support is put in place to empower victims to rebuild positive abuse free lives.
Their goal, although ambitious, is to ensure that anyone either living in a Vale Home property or working within our services knows how to access support and to contribute to the ending of violence against women within the Vale.
Every year in the UK more than one million women suffer domestic abuse and more than 360,000 are sexually assaulted.
Although abuse against women is disproportionately higher, anyone can be affected by violence and abuse.
If you or anyone you know has been affected by domestic abuse and needs support, contact Atal Y Fro on 01446 744 755.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse you can seek help and support from the Live Fear Free helpline: 0808 80 10 800 (24hr free confidential helpline) www.livefearfree.gov.wales