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The Make a Stand supporters’ pledge has been created by the Chartered Institute of Housing in partnership with Women’s Aid and the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance, as an extension of our original Make a Stand pledge, which is aimed at housing providers.

The supporters’ pledge has been created for organisations working in or closely with the housing sector that don’t provide homes – such as contractors, suppliers, trade bodies and membership organisations. It aims to encourage these organisations to make a commitment to support people experiencing domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse is one of the biggest issues in society today. The true scale of the problem is difficult to determine because a large proportion of domestic abuse goes unreported, but studies suggest many millions of people are affected every year.

Tragically, two women are killed every week by their partner or ex-partner.

We believe that organisations working in or closely with the housing sector are ideally placed to help tackle this issue.

The supporters' pledge gives organisations the opportunity to sign up to make three focused, but easily deliverable commitments to provide support for people experiencing domestic abuse. Once you sign the pledge you have until September 2020 to put them in place.

This is a way for 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 the Make a Stand supporters' pledge.

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The Make a Stand pledge gives you the opportunity to sign up your organisation to make three 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 2020 to put your commitments in place.

If your organisation already has the three 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