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Basildon Council takes additional steps to tackle domestic abuse

14 Jun Basildon Council takes additional steps to tackle domestic abuse

Basildon Council has signed up to a new national campaign to help it tackle domestic abuse in communities across the borough.

The Make a Stand campaign centres around a pledge which has been developed by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) in partnership with Women’s Aid and the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA).

It consists of four commitments which housing organisations can make to support people that live and work in housing who are experiencing domestic abuse.

Cllr Don Morris, Chairman of Basildon Council’s Housing Committee, said: “We understand that domestic abuse is a serious problem and can affect people from all areas of our community, and making this pledge is a way of showing our commitment to keeping both residents and employees safe from harm.

“The South Essex Domestic Abuse Hub is a fantastic example of what can be achieved when partners work together, having helped around 200 customers in its first nine months of operation.”

In August 2017, domestic abuse drop-in centres opened in a bid to provide more support to victims across South Essex. The now Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) awarded the scheme £500,000 following a successful joint funding bid led by Basildon Council.