The project Safe at Home started on the 1st of January 2017. The project is led by the Dutch organization Kadera and implemented in partnership with FEANTSA (EU/BE), Peabody (UK) and Standing Together against Domestic Violence (UK). The partnership aims to strengthen the vital role that housing providers can play in responding to domestic violence. The project is funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Union.
Contact person: Ruth Kasper
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On the 20th of February 2018 Yvonne Matser and Ruth Kasper will speak on an International Symposium on Violence Against Women and Girls on behalf of the Safe at Home project. The Symposium is organized in order to share ideas and strategies on ending domestic violence at European level. The Safe at Home project is characterized by involving Housing Providers as a new actor to end domestic violence.
Domestic violence and abuse, in most cases, take place behind closed doors, a space to which few people have access. However, housing providers do have access to these hidden spaces and should be included in efforts to identify domestic violence, besides usual actors such as care and welfare services. Involving housing providers in identifying signs of domestic violence is the innovation of the Safe at Home project. Social housing is organized in different ways in European countries. However, the knowledge and experiences with the Safe at Home approach can serve as inspirational example on how to engage a new sector in tackling domestic violence. Furthermore, the Safe at Home project contributes to raising awareness of the important relationship between housing and domestic violence.
The International Symposium is officially named: ‘Tackling Gender-Based Violence in Europe: Advancing Strategies to End Violence against Women and Girls’. Yvonne Matser (project leader) and Ruth Kasper (project officer) are invited to speek. The Symposium is organized by Public Policy Exchange.
Safe at Home is part of the NON.NO.NEIN. campaign initiated by the European Commission. Violence against women is endemic in the European Union. Not only is VAW causing severe harm to women, families and communities, it is a brutal form of discrimination and a violation of women’s fundamental rights. The European Commission therefore appointed the year of 2017 to focus actions to end violence against women and girls.
"The NON.NO.NEIN. campaign aims to share information and showcase success stories about the important work that is being done in this field across the EU. More than an awareness-raising campaign, this initiative will support, engage and connect all stakeholders in combatting this problem." Say No! Stop Violence Against Women!
Housing providers training kicks off: the 25 participating housing providers
Part of the Safe at Home project is to train employees of 25 housing providers in the UK and in the Netherlands about the vital role they can play in response to domestic violence.
The training courses are intended for employees who have daily contact with tenants. For example, maintenance staff, housing officers, district managers and employees of the income team. In this news release we have listed the 25 British and Dutch housing providers involved in this 2-year project
List of participating housing providers:
2. De Veste
15. WST Nieuwkoop*
*WST Nieuwkoop is a very small housing provider. they have bundled their forces and asked other (small) housing corporations to participate in the project. These are: Ressort Wonen (Rozenburg), Habeko Wonen (Hazerswoude-dorp), Woningbouwvereniging Reeuwijk and WBV Beter Wonen Goedreede.
9. Tai Tarian (formerly known as NPT Homes)
Criteria for participation
By selecting the participating housing providers, we looked at the number of rental units (i.e. the size of the housing providers) and the location of the housing providers with the aim of creating the most realistic reflection of housing providers in the UK and the Netherlands.
How it is going?
The training has started in both countries.