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In September this year (2019) Waverley Housing signed up to the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Make a Stand pledge, and this new policy is part of our commitment to take action to support tenants who are victims of domestic abuse.

What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse is a pattern of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and/or violent behaviour, including sexual violence, by a partner or ex-partner, financial abuse, harassment, stalking and abuse via phone or social media.

This list is by no means exhaustive but an example of what can be considered as Domestic Abuse.

Often when people think of domestic abuse they think of physical violence, but domestic abuse is very often so much more than that. For many women who live with domestic abuse there will be no scars, bruises or broken bones, but for some it can take their life. No one kind of abuse is more serious than any other.

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, both women and men, and in all types of relationships – heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

How We can help

If you’re experiencing domestic abuse, it’s really important to talk to someone about it. We’re here to help you so you don’t have to face it alone. We are part of the PREVENTING AND RESPONDING TO DOMESTIC ABUSE Unified Policy  (this policy is currently under review) which includes Eildon Housing Association, Scottish Borders Housing Association, Berwickshire Housing Association and Scottish Borders Council, to prevent and respond to domestic abuse.

If you feel unsafe in your home, we will listen to you and do everything we can to better your situation and keep you safe, and with your permission make referrals to specialist support agencies such as:

  • Domestic Abuse Advocacy Support Service (DAAS) 01835 825051
  • Borders Women’s Aid Refuge 01835 863514
  • Scottish Borders Rape Crisis 0800 054 2445
    01896 661070
  • Shakti Women’s Aid 0131 475 2399
  • Children’s 1st – Domestic Abuse Service 01750 22892

We will assist you to remain in your home where it is safe to do so and can undertake a range of measures to help you feel safer in your home such as working with other agencies and we can fit external lighting, additional door locks and security chains etc.

If you need to speak to us, you can call us on 01450 364200 and ask for your housing officer or Kendra Douglas who is our Tenancy Support Officer

If you need help when our office is closed, phone the Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247

For male specific help call Abused Men in Scotland on 0808 800 0024 (Mon.-Fri., 9am-4pm)

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