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Meeting: 25/11/2019 - Cabinet (Item 34)

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Key Decision

Portfolio Holder for Housing: Councillor Kier Barsby

Portfolio Holder for Community Safety: Councillor Daniel Williamson

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED

that the Housing & Assets Domestic Abuse Policy and the Employee Domestic Violence & Abuse Policy, as presented to Cabinet, be approved.

 

Minutes:

Approval was sought from Cabinet Members for the implementation of two Council policies regarding domestic abuse.

 

Members considered the alternative option of declining to review, update and consolidate the three policies (developed between 2014 and 2017), but acknowledged the importance of regularly updating the policies taking into account a number of identified updates aimed at enhancing the Council’s efforts to tackle domestic abuse committed against residents and employees.

 

RESOLVED

that the Housing & Assets Domestic Abuse Policy and the Employee Domestic Violence & Abuse Policy, as presented to Cabinet, be approved.

 

Reasons:

In July 2018, Cabinet approved Council making a commitment to the Make a Stand campaign, which had been developed by the Chartered Institute of Housing in partnership with Women’s Aid and the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance. It was created to encourage social housing providers to make a commitment to support people experiencing domestic abuse.

 

A requirement of committing to the campaign was to ensure that two policies were put in place:

 

1.    A policy to support residents affected by domestic abuse;

 

2.    A HR policy supporting members of staff who might be experiencing domestic abuse.