The Free from Fear project started in 2014 when as a Gwent group of Social landlords we came together to improve our response to domestic abuse.
The introduction of the Domestic Abuse Conference Call, an information sharing protocol with Gwent Police on cases of domestic abuse, opened our eyes to the prevalence of this amongst our tenants. As a consequence the number of cases we became aware of increased significantly. We recognised the role that social landlords could play in supporting specialist agencies in combating the Domestic Abuse affecting tenants and employees.
“This has been a unique opportunity for social landlords (council and RSL) involved to learn from each other and work collaboratively together to develop processes and tools that will be of benefit to any of our tenants experiencing domestic abuse.”
Our aim has been identify best practice and innovation in responding to those experiencing or perpetrating Domestic Abuse and to produce a practical toolkit for operational housing staff in Gwent.
By pooling resources, sharing our ideas, concerns and practice we have made this work a reality. The scale of the collaboration has been a great achievement, with the number of partners from housing and other agencies growing and contributing in a variety of ways. Every member of the partnership has made a contribution collaborating on elements of the toolkit, sharing best practice, giving staff time and financial resources to achieve our goal.
We believe social housing can and should provide a gateway though which people experiencing abuse can access support, enabling them to achieve greater independence, improved resiliance and a life free from fear.
Thanks to our funding partners
Bron Afon Community Housing, Caerphilly CBC, Charter Housing, Derwen Cymru, Linc Cymru, Melin Homes, Monmouthshire Housing, Newport City Homes, Solas Cymru, Tai Calon Community Housing, United Welsh Housing Association, Newport City Council and Welsh Governments South East Wales Regional Violence Against Women Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Team with contributions, advice and support from Gwent Police and Crime Commissioners office, South Wales Police and Crime Commissioners Domestic Abuse Steering Group, Welsh Government VAWDASV team, Newport Womens Aid, Llamau, Gwent Domestic Abuse Services and Cyffanol Womens Aid.