Domestic Abuse: Making a Stand

Event on 28th April 2020 – moved to 22nd September

On behalf of our Members Advantage South West is co-ordinating the Domestic Abuse: Making A Stand Conference on 22nd September in Exeter.

The conference is aimed at managers of contractors working in social landlords’ properties in the south west.

The theme for the conference is Preventing Domestic Abuse. Did you know that:

  • 2 million adults experience domestic abuse each year.
  • 2 women a week are killed by a current or ex-partner.
  • A domestic abuse crime takes place EVERY MINUTE across England and Wales
  • 140,000 children live in a household where serious domestic abuse takes place.

The conference will highlight the simple yet important step that contractors can take to help reduce domestic abuse. Speakers will include the survivors of domestic abuse kindly offering their powerful and high impact stories to aid understanding of their experiences. Speakers bringing awareness of the statistics, toolkits, management techniques and ways to identify and prevent domestic abuse join us from the NHS, police, contractors, landlords and third sector organisations. We will launch resources that contractors can use to help their employees play a part in reducing domestic abuse.

ASW Members have signed up to the Chartered Institute of Housing’s ‘Make a Stand’ initiative which seeks to reduce domestic abuse experienced in social housing properties. Contractors will be invited to sign up to the Supporters Pledge, information about which can be found at http://www.cih.org/makeastand.

Attendance is by invitation only.

Staying Safe

Safeguarding adults at risk is everyone’s responsibility.

Social housing landlords are committed to safeguarding the welfare of adults at risk and working with other partners to promote and fully implement local multi-agency safeguarding policies and procedures. They will have Safeguarding policies and procedures for adults and children.

Alot of work is carried out in homes by contractors. It is really important that contractors help identify and communicate any Safeguarding issues to the landlord.

Advantage South West has signed up to the CiH’s Make a Stand Initiative. Our actions as a result of this include:

  • we will include Safeguarding in our frameworks where contractors are going in to residents’ homes;
  • we will co-ordinate Safeguarding awareness sessions for contractors; and
  • we will work with our Members to embed safeguarding within their procurement processes.

More information can be found at www.cih.org/makeastand

Make a Stand


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Cover your tracks online

If you think that someone may check what you have been looking at later, see your browser’s help facility to find out how to delete your internet browsing history. Also, if you are worried about someone knowing you have visited a website offering advice and support about domestic abuse, then Women’s Aid offer this really practical page of advice to ensure you can cover your tracks online.

You are not alone

An estimated 1.9 million adults aged 16 to 59 years experienced domestic abuse in the last year, according to the year ending March 2017 Crime Survey for England and Wales (1.2 million women, 713,000 men).

At least seven women are killed by a current or former partner every month in England and Wales. The Women’s Aid and Nia Femicide Census has shown that 75% of women killed by current or ex-partners in 2016, were killed in their own homes.

1 in 4 women, 1 in 6 men and 40% of the LGBT community will be affected by domestic abuse during their lifetimes. Here are some Helplines you could contact.

Sources of help

You can get more information on source of help at:

If you are worried that a neighbour or friend is suffering domestic abuse, please report this to the police by calling them on 999 or 101.

Women’s Aid provide good and helpful advice and also have the Cover Your Tracks website.

You can also download the Bright Sky app which will give you advice about local support in your area.

You can get further support and advice from the following organisations:

Hate Crimes

What is Hate Crime?

A crime that the victim or any other person perceives to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards any aspect of a person’s identity such as, race, colour, religion, national and ethnic origin, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation of another individual or group that is intimidating, upsetting, embarrassing, humiliating or offensive, which affects your dignity.

This may include verbal abuse, threatening behaviour, physical abuse, malicious communications, damage to property or possessions and arson, or attempted arson.

Why report hate crime incidents?

It is important that you do report hate crime incidents, because this will enable agencies to monitor where these incidents are taking place and take action.

If you decide not to report, the agencies will not know whether there is a problem.

How can you report a hate crime incident?

If you are attacked, or witness a hate crime motivated incident, we advise that you contact the police immediately.

The Stop Hate Line provides help all day for people affected by hate crime. Contact 0800 138 1625 www.stophateuk.org