Domestic Abuse - Make a Stand

The Association has signed up to the Chartered Institute of Housing’s (CiH) Make a Stand Pledge and has committed to take action to support people experiencing domestic abuse.

Make a Stand was launched in June 2018 as part of the CiH’s commitment to tackle domestic abuse.  It centres around a pledge that CiH has developed in partnership with the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) and Women's Aid.

Millions of people experience domestic abuse every year, with two women being killed by their partner or ex-partner every week. Housing organisations house and employ millions of people across the UK, and that means we house and employ many thousands of people affected by domestic abuse.

By signing the pledge, Bridgewater has become part of that collective effort and will put these four commitments in place:

  • Put in place and embed a policy to support residents who are affected by domestic abuse
  • Make information about national and local domestic abuse support services available on your website and in other appropriate places so that they are easily accessible for residents and staff
  • Put in place an HR policy, or amend an existing policy, to support members of staff who may be experiencing domestic abuse
  • Appoint a champion at a senior level in your organisation to promote the activity you are doing to support people experiencing domestic abuse

 More information can be found at on the Make A Stand Website

Support Services

The National Domestic Violence Helpline

 A free, confidential helpline run by Women's Aid and Refuge for anyone experiencing domestic abuse and it is available 24 hours a day, seven days

Tel: 0808 2000 247     


The UK membership organisation for work with domestic violence perpetrators, male victims of domestic violence and young people's violence in close relationships.

Helpline for people concerned about their behaviour - 0808 802 4040

Helpline for men experiencing domestic abuse - 0808 801 0327

Womans Aid

Provides a range of information and support on domestic abuse, including support for people experiencing domestic abuse and people who are concerned that others may be.  The details for Scotland are:

 Tel: 0800 027 1234  

Women's Aid provide:

  • Refuge
  • Resettlement
  • Domestic Violence Floating Support
  • Domestic Violence Outreach
  • Drop-in Support Groups
  • Dedicated Service for Children/Young People