Bernicia Make a Stand against domestic abuse

Bernicia's Julie Carter with the Make a Stand domestic abuse charter pledge

Bernicia has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting all its tenants, residents and staff suffering domestic abuse by signing up to a national campaign to help victims.

The North East housing association meets all four commitments asked for from all housing associations across the UK by the #makeastand campaign backed by 250 landlords.

Mel Baynes, Bernicia’s Assistant Director of Care and Support, is championing domestic abuse support.

Bernicia works closely with Northumbria Police as well as specialist domestic abuse agencies, the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance and the Chartered Institute of Housing, to support women and men suffering abuse at home.

Its policies specifically offer help to both tenants and staff members who report abuse.

“Our support is very much centred around listening to women and men who report abuse to us which enables us to guide them to the experts who will be able to help them and put in place a personal safety plan,” said Mel.

“All Bernicia staff have safeguarding training – that’s right the way across our organisation, including our repairs teams out in people’s homes everyday.

“Staff are trained to identify signs of abuse, report it and to know who to speak to within Bernicia to offer support to victims.

“As a responsible housing association, we care about the people who live in our homes and our colleagues at work – we are committed to supporting anyone who suffers domestic abuse.”

Bernicia tenants and residents suffering domestic abuse are urged to call 0344 800 3800 where trained staff will be able to offer support.