We have signed up to the Make a Stand pledge, a commitment to take action to support people experiencing domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse is one of the biggest issues we face in society today and two women are killed every week in the UK by their partner or ex-partner.
Make a Stand was launched in June 2018 as part of the CIH (Chartered Institute of Housing) appeal to tackle domestic abuse. It centres around a pledge that was developed in partnership with the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) and Women's Aid.
We believe that the housing sector must do more on this issue. In the words of the former CIH president, Alison Inman, these are "our homes, our people and this is our problem".
The pledge means that housing organisations, such as ourselves, have the opportunity to sign up to make four commitments to provide support for people experiencing domestic abuse. These are:
- Put in place a policy to support residents who are affected by domestic abuse.
- Make information about national and local domestic abuse support services available on our website and in other appropriate places so that they are easily accessible for residents and staff.
- Put in place a HR policy to support members of staff who may be experiencing domestic abuse.
- Appoint a champion at a senior level in our organisation to own the activity you are doing to support people experiencing domestic abuse.
If you need any help or support please see the following resources which are there to help:
The National Domestic Violence Helpline is a free, confidential helpline run by Women’s Aid and Refuge for anyone experiencing domestic abuse and it is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
0808 2000 247
Women’s Aid provide a range of information and support on domestic abuse, including support for people experiencing domestic abuse and people who are concerned that others may be. The organisation has sister federations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The details of their websites and 24/7 helplines are as follows:
0808 2000 247
0800 027 1234
0808 80 10 800
0808 802 1414
Respect is the UK membership organisation for work with domestic violence perpetrators, male victims of domestic violence and young people’s violence in close relationships.
Helpline for people concerned about their behaviour - 0808 802 4040
Helpline for men experiencing domestic abuse – 0808 801 0327
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Clear your browser history
It's possible for someone to see the websites you’ve visited by looking through your web browser’s history. Clearing this history, and emptying the cache file of saved information, is quite straightforward.
If you’re using Internet Explorer, follow the steps below to clear your history:
- click on the Tools menu (in the row at the top of the browser)
- select Internet Options from the drop down menu; you should now be on a tab that says 'General' – if not, select 'General'; under the title, 'Temporary Internet Files'
- click on 'Delete Files'. You can also check the box that says 'delete all offline content'
- then, under 'History' click on 'Clear History'
- then click OK, at the bottom
If you’re using Chrome, follow the steps below to clear your history:
- open the Chrome app
- click More Settings
- under 'Advanced' select 'Privacy' and 'Clear browsing data'
- at the top, select the dropdown under 'Clear data from the'
- choose a time period, such as past hour or past day
- select the types of information you want to remove
- click 'Clear data'