Domestic abuse can have a devastating impact on its victims. The co-op is committed to supporting any member who is experiencing or has been threatened with domestic abuse. Members should not live in fear of violence, abuse or harassment from a partner, former partner, or any member of their household or family.
The co-op recognises that the safety of the victim and their family is paramount and will do all it can do to ensure that they are protected.
The co-op will:
- work closely with partner organisations to ensure that victims are supported; the appropriate safeguards are put in place; and that action is taken against perpetrators where it is safe and appropriate to do so
- respect the victim’s rights and wishes and will treat anyone reporting domestic abuse to the co-op in a supportive and non-judgmental way, giving support and advice as a priority
- provide options to victims of domestic abuse so that they are empowered to make their own decisions about what they would like to happen, and can make informed choices
- encourage victims to report domestic abuse and reassure them that they will be supported
- consider the impact of domestic abuse on children and young people and ensure that they too have access to services as soon as possible
- make appropriate safeguarding referrals if there is reason to believe that a child or a vulnerable adult is at risk due to an abusive relationship
- signpost and support victims to access help with the use of civil and criminal laws, to offer them protection and to prevent further abuse
- support victims to make decisions around their housing needs, whether they wish to remain in their home or to move to a new home
- ensure that it has access to people or organisations with expertise in managing domestic violence and abuse cases
- signpost perpetrators of domestic abuse to agencies who can offer them support and interventions
- ensure that staff and volunteers working on the co-op’s behalf are trained to deal with disclosures of domestic abuse effectively.
The co-op’s full Domestic Abuse Policy is available here.
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Our tenants either apply directly to us for housing, or are referred to us by other organisations such as Leicester City Council or other housing associations. If you would like to apply for a home, please phone the Belgrave office, send us an email or apply online.