Building on the rich legacy of our founder, Octavia Hill, our purpose as a housing association is “delivering equality through homes, support and opportunity.” This forms the basis for Octavia Housing to get involved in the United Nation’s 16 days of Activism against Gender-based Violence against women campaign (25 November to 10 December) and help raise awareness around domestic abuse.
Our campaign began with colleagues in each of our 22 charity stores, designing the window displays to reflect the UN’s orange theme - which symbolises “a brighter future free of violence”, highlighting the action needed to stop Femicide. The orange displays were matched with White Ribbons to mark White Ribbon day.
It’s wonderful Octavia as a housing provider has a unique ability to utilise our stores, spread across west London, to raise awareness of violence against women and girls (VAWG) and call on everyone to play their part in putting an end to domestic violence.
In recognising the important role social housing plays in tackling domestic abuse and violence against women and girls, throughout the 16 days campaign we’ve organised a range of other activities aimed at raising awareness of our approach in responding to reports of domestic abuse. We’ve also promoted the help and support available to both residents and colleagues who may be experiencing domestic abuse.
The 16 Days campaign has given Octavia the opportunity to share our best practice and initiatives we have implemented to tackle domestic abuse helping victims and survivors.
Housing associations provide homes for thousands of people, some of who may be affected by domestic abuse. As a sector it’s vital we do everything in our power to tackle domestic abuse and provide safety and security for our residents and workforce.