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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

Welcome to Make a Stand.

Make a Stand was launched in June 2018 as part of Alison Inman's presidential appeal to tackle domestic abuse. It centres around a pledge that we have developed in partnership with the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) and our 2018 presidential charity Women's Aid.

Millions of people experience domestic abuse every year and two women are killed by their partner or ex-partner every week. Housing organisations house and employ millions of people across the UK and that means we house and employ many thousands of people affected by domestic abuse.

We believe that the housing sector must do more on this issue. In the words of CIH president Alison Inman, these are "our homes, our people and this is our problem".

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. Once you sign the pledge you have until September 2019 to put them in place.

This is a way for housing organisations to publicly commit to take action to support victims of domestic abuse.

So please, join us and Make a Stand! You can find all of the information you need about the pledge here and you can sign up to it here.

More information is also available below.

Read a list of the organisations already signed up to Make a Stand.

Latest news »

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  • More than 100 organisations sign up to pledge inside two weeks - news of the overwhelming reponse to Make a Stand - Read more
  • CIH launches new domestic abuse pledge with Women's Aid and DAHA - news of our launch - Read more
  • 'Housing organisations need to help people before, during and after domestic abuse,' - CIH president Alison Inman issues a passionate plea for housing organisations to consider their role on domestic abuse - Read more
  • 'The housing sector must do better on domestic abuse,' - Kelly Henderson from DAHA reveals details of her research and what it shows about approaches to tackling domestic abuse in housing - Read more
  • CIH vice president announces he will continue with domestic abuse commitment - Jim Strang talks about his personal connection with domestic abuse as he reveals he will continue to raise awareness when he becomes president - Read more
  • 'That we're not talking about domestic abuse shows we should be doing more as a sector,' - CIH communictions manager Steve Hayes makes the case for the sector to do more on domestic abuse Read more

Signing the pledge »

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The Make a Stand pledge gives you the opportunity to sign up your organisation up to make four focused, but easily deliverable commitments to provide support for victims of domestic abuse.

Once you have signed the pledge you will receive a pledge certificate and other materials to help you showcase that you have made a stand against domestic abuse. 

You will also receive a support pack to help you put the commitments in place. You have until September 2019 to put your commitments in place.

If your organisation already has the four commitments in place you can still sign the pledge and join this collective effort to support people experiencing domestic abuse.

Want to find out more? Read the Make a Stand pledge now