Calico Group earns accreditation for tackling domestic abuse

The Burnley-based Calico Group has earned a DAHA award for its work against domestic abuse, becoming the first housing association in the north west to hold the accreditation.

The Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance accreditation is the UK benchmark for how housing providers and landlords should respond to domestic abuse in their neighbourhoods and communities.

The Calico Group champions initiatives to challenge domestic abuse through its partnership working with SafeNet Domestic Abuse and Support Services, participating in White Ribbon events, signing the Make a Stand pledge and offering all employees up to ten days paid leave in situations involving domestic abuse.

It also offers practical support and housing advice, rehoming victims, helping victims access refuge provisions and working closely with other local authorities, the Police and agencies.

In order to meet the DAHA accreditation standards, the group was assessed against eight key standards, including policies and procedures, case management, risk management, equality and diversity, perpetrator management, partnership working, staff training and publicity and awareness.

The Calico Group is using their role as a leading employer in the area to raise awareness of domestic abuse

For the past 12 months, a steering group of colleagues from across the group have been working towards gaining the accreditation and showcasing how the Group support both tenants and employees who are experiencing domestic abuse, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability or financial status.

The DAHA assessor commented: "It is clear that The Calico Group is using their role as a leading employer in the area to raise awareness of domestic abuse, challenging misconceptions and influencing others to follow their lead in providing a compassionate and non-judgemental response that will encourage further disclosure."

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