Supporting #16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence

November 25 saw the start of 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence, supported internationally by organisations such as the World Health Organisation.

The awareness and action campaign is aimed at encouraging and supporting businesses to take action against domestic abuse.

Cottsway works in partnership with local authorities, Thames Valley Police and others such as NHS and social services, to work together to tackle the issue of domestic abuse.

We have taken a leading role among housing associations in Oxfordshire on the issue of domestic abuse and our offices act as a hub for learning, hosting regular meetings that bring together all organisations that work together to address domestic abuse.

We operate a zero tolerance policy to domestic abuse and violence. We have measures in place through agreed policies that enable us to take steps to remove perpetrators of domestic abuse from our tenancies and to ensure victims of abuse can continue to live in their home.

We have trained staff who can provide our tenants with support if domestic abuse is disclosed. The photograph shows three of our Domestic Abuse ‘Champions’ who are specially trained – Housing Officer Debbie Edgar, Neighbourhood Manager Shaz Chudry and Community Welfare Officer Gill Lee.

Our residents can contact their Housing Officer if they need to speak to someone about domestic abuse.

Alternatively, Reducing the Risk operates a helpline from 10am-7pm on weekdays. Simply call 0800 731 0055 or visit the Reducing the Risk website.

There is also a national 24-hr Domestic Violence Helpline which offers free, confidential advice – call 0808 2000 247. Alternatively, visit the National Domestic Violence Helpline website