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Cross Keys Homes (CKH) and Peterborough Women’s Aid (PWA) have teamed up to provide an additional Domestic Abuse Support Worker for the city.
The role is funded by CKH and employed by Women’s Aid and 50% of the role will be dedicated to supporting domestic abuse survivors who are residents of CKH.
CKH already has strong support available to survivors of domestic abuse, helping them to move, while retaining tenancy rights. Its specialist team provides emotional support, practical help and advice on housing issues. They can also signpost survivors to other agencies. This role will enable them to offer even more direct support to people in need.
The housing association is a member of the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance and is currently working towards their accreditation standard.
CKH Chief Executive, Claire Higgins said: “Domestic abuse is sadly a very real problem for many people within the city. I am delighted that we are able to fund this role to expand the support we can offer to survivors, to help them to move on and rebuild their lives in safety. We know that lockdown and an increase in working from home has led to many people being more isolated and unable to access the support networks they need, and we want to reassure our residents that take all forms of domestic abuse seriously and via this partnership with Women’s Aid, we will do all we can to help them.”
PWA Chief Executive, Clare Taylor, said: “This is a really important role for us at PWA as we become even more embedded in the community with the biggest housing provider. This means we are even more accessible to women and men across the city, breaking down barriers to getting the vital support they may need.”
If you are a resident of CKH and are suffering from domestic abuse, or know a CKH resident who is, please reach out and contact the housing association. CKH’s contact details can be found on their website: www.crosskeyshomes.co.uk/domestic-abuse. You can also contact Women’s Aid directly at www.peterboroughwomensaid.co.uk