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16 days of action – what can we do at PCH?

As the 16 days of action to raise awareness against domestic abuse comes to it’s conclusion today, it’s important to know how PCH as an organisation can make a difference in our communities.

With our housing and repairs staff out and about each day it’s important that they can spot the signs to help the victims who may be too afraid to seek help themselves.

Since 2012 we have provided regular training for our staff on this subject with regular, updated refresher training as new guidance and ways of working becomes available.

Since 2019 we have been rolling out our programme of Domestic Violence courses to staff including:

  • 137 Repairs operatives and Rangers
  • 75 office-based staff
  • 104 staff taking part in updated awareness video training
  • 24 staff trained in the Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Honour Based Violence (DASH 2009) Risk Identification, Assessment and Managing model
  • Housing staff who have received a specialist course on dealing with Domestic Abuse during Covid lockdown and isolation periods

A simple hand gesture was launched early in the Covid-19 pandemic to help those suffering whilst stuck at home.

The gesture, created by the Women's Funding Network and the Canadian Women's Foundation, was developed to be silently displayed during video calls, to alert family, friends or colleagues that an individual needs help.

It could also be used in other situations, such as when answering the door.

It involves putting your palm up, tucking your thumb in, and closing your fingers.

Originally launched in Canada and the US, it has spread across the globe thanks to social media.