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CIH president Alison Inman chooses Women's Aid as her charity of the year


Helping domestic abuse victims is the goal behind the choice of Women’s Aid as CIH president Alison Inman’s charity of the year.

Alison, who took on the role of president last week, chose Women’s Aid – a charity which works with victims of domestic abuse, raises awareness and influences policy on the issue – as her cause for her presidential year.

According to official statistics it is estimated 4.3 million women have experienced domestic abuse at some point since the age of 16 and domestic abuse related crime makes up 10% of all crime.

Alison Inman said: “This is such a big issue and while I know there are plenty of housing organisations doing great work there is still so much more we can do – from raising awareness in our communities to giving crucial support to victims.

“Housing organisations provide homes for millions of people and within those households there will be many victims of domestic abuse – that puts us in a good position to be able to make a real difference.

“I want to use this partnership to raise awareness and start having conversations about how we are tackling this issue as a sector.

“Of course, domestic abuse isn’t just about women and though Women’s Aid is the organisation I have chosen as my charity of the year so that we can focus our fundraising activity, I’m really keen that the work we do this year strives to help all victims.

“Plans are well underway and I would be delighted to hear from any organisation or individual that wants to be involved in any way.”

The Chartered Institute of Housing’s Presidential Appeal has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities and good causes across the world.

  • Would you like to be involved? If you think you can help Alison raise awareness of domestic abuse, have success stories to share or you wish to hold an event to raise money for Women’s Aid please email us
  • Want to make a donation? Visit Alison’s Women’s Aid donation page
  • Read more about domestic abuse and the role of housing in this FAQs article
  • Find out more about Women's Aid's work here

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