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Bitesize briefing - Tackling domestic abuse

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Bitesize briefing - Tackling domestic abuse

Date: 30 April 2019 09:00 am - 01:30 pm
Course duration: 1 day
Venue: Bob Allan Conference Centre, Saracen House, 139 Saracen Street, Glasgow, G22 5AZ
Costs: Members £140.00 / Non-Members £190.00

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Reported cases of domestic abuse continue to rise and in recent months, the housing sector has taken a highly visible stand on this difficult and sensitive matter.  Housing providers can play a vital role in helping victims of domestic abuse and holding perpetrators to account.


'Change, Justice, Fairness' was published in December 2015 and was developed in conjunction with Fife Council, Scottish’s Women’s Aid and women who were affected by the issue. The report shows that domestic abuse is a major cause of homelessness in Scotland. In 2013-14 “a dispute within the household: violent or abusive” was the reason given for a homeless application by 4,124 applicants, (11% of all applications)

As well as hearing an overview of the issue, the law surrounding it and the Make a Stand campaign delegates will hear direct from three practitioners about how their organsiations are tackling this issue.

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Event Programme




Registration & Coffee


Welcome & opening remarks
Martha Hutcheson, Chair, SHARE


What is domestic abuse - setting the scene
An overview of the issue in Glasgow/Scotland and information on what support housing association staff and tenants can call on should they need it.

Kirsti Hay, Glasgow violence against women partnership, Glasgow City Council


Scottish Government response
Equally Safe: Scotland's strategy to eradicate violence against women was first launched in 2014 and updated in 2016.  A joint Scottish Government and COSLA strategy to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls in Scotland.

The strategy comes into force in April this year and there are a number of policies and laws in support of this strategy for example, the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018.

TBC, Scottish Government


Make a Stand campaign
Make a Stand was launched in June 2018. It centres on a pledge that CIH developed in partnership with the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) and Women's Aid.

The pledge gives housing organisations the opportunity to sign up to make four focused, but easily deliverable commitments to provide support for people experiencing domestic abuse.  This is a way for housing organisations to publicly commit to take action to support victims of domestic abuse.

Callum Chomczuk, National Director, Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland


Tea/Coffee Break


No Home For Domestic Abuse
As well as signing up to the CIH Make a Stand Campaign, West Dunbartonshire Council also developed their own ‘No Home for Domestic Abuse’.  Peter will discuss their approach to tackling the issue covering policy, operational and legal steps they have taken to empower victims of domestic abuse.

The Council’s clear focus is on supporting and protecting women and families to remain in their homes where it is appropriate and safe to do so, ensuring perpetrators are moved to other properties with reduced tenancy rights.

Peter Barry, Strategic Lead, Housing and Employability, West Dunbartonshire Council



Support for customers and frontline staff
The Wheatley Group have taken a number of steps over the last twelve months to help address the issue of domestic abuse and to support customers and frontline line staff.  Including, the launch in April 2018 of Wheatley 360, a new wraparound division. The launch of MyHousing, a new Housing Information Advice and Letting Service in October 2018 and ensuring they are supporting those experiencing domestic abuse in the new policy.  Nicola will provide an overview the work they have undertaken and the impact.

Nicola McQuiston, Group Protection Liaison Manager, Wheatley Group




Domestic Abuse Policy
Almond Housing Association worked in partnership with Scottish Women’s Aid to develop their new Domestic Abuse Policy.  What steps did they take in developing this policy, what will this mean to their processes and what impact will it have in relation to staff and tenants?

Tracey Longworth, Housing Support Manager, Almond Housing


Q & A Panel discussion


Lunch and Networking (event closes at 1.30pm)

You can also download the programme HERE

Please note that  CIH members qualify for the SHARE member rate for this joint event.  Delegates should let us know at time of booking.