Make a Stand
Domestic violence shouldn’t be tolerated. And it can happen to anyone.
These are the big messages from Queens Cross as we deliver on our commitments to the Chartered Institute of Housing’s (CIH) Make a Stand campaign.
Make a Stand was launched in June 2018 as part of CIH’s appeal to tackle domestic abuse and Queens Cross was one of the first housing associations to sign up. It centres on a pledge written in partnership with the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) and Women's Aid.
Board Chair, Marilyn Clewes, is one of our Make a Stand Champions along with Elizabeth Hood, Depute Director of Housing & Housing Support.
Marilyn said: ‘There can be a lot of shame felt by the person who’s experiencing or is a survivor of domestic abuse. But any shame involved rests squarely on the shoulders of the abuser.
‘Our tenants need to know that they can approach us and we can help. That includes helping individuals and families to stay in their home.’
Elizabeth reinforced that message: ‘Survivors need to know that they have rights and that includes the right to stay in their own home.
‘We can work with other agencies, like Glasgow Women’s Aid and the police, to support any tenant, woman or man, who’s experienced domestic abuse and I’d encourage those in that situation to come forward and have a confidential conversation with us.’
Many Queens Cross staff have already been trained in how to recognise and support people who have experience of domestic abuse.
The training programme will continue throughout 2019-20 and beyond to raise awareness for all staff.
And to support Queens Cross staff, we’ve introduced a Safe Leave policy. This allows any employee suffering domestic abuse time off work to look for help and support for themselves and their families. This can include going to medical appointments, counselling, legal proceedings or looking for safe housing and visiting support agencies.