CIH’s Presidential Appeal has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities and good causes across the world. Current president Jim Strang has chosen to support Women's Aid during 2018-19.
"My father was an extremely controlling and abusive man – this is an issue I have a really personal connection to and as a result I’m extremely passionate about it.
"Domestic abuse affects so many people and everyone in housing has a responsibility to ask what more we can do.
"Women are dying, mothers, sisters and daughters are being murdered or permanently scarred mentally as well as physically on a daily basis and it has to stop.
"We as a profession are well placed to help identify the signs, to deal with the outcomes and help tackle some of the root causes of domestic violence. We’re in these homes more regularly than most other professions.
"Housing people can do more for a family, for a person, in one day than most professionals can achieve in a whole career. That’s the power and influence that housing workers, regardless of role or grade, can have. We must use that influence to its greatest extent."
WATCH: Jim Strang on why he's supporting Women's Aid