02 September 2021
A brand new coverage has been launched to strengthen the Council’s method to stopping and addressing home abuse in a housing and homelessness setting.
The coverage, which was up to date to mirror new nationwide laws, incorporates the present No Residence For Home Abuse method, initially put in place in 2018.
When No Residence for Home Abuse was launched, the Council grew to become the primary social landlord in Scotland to introduce a zero tolerance method to home abuse inside its properties.
It launched measures to make sure victims would have speedy entry to sensible assist, specialist authorized help in addition to help following any incident of home abuse.
Beforehand, the Council had to make use of a mix of Anti-Social Behaviour powers along side Housing and Matrimonial Houses Laws to take away perpetrators from properties and stop them from returning.
Now, an replace to the legislation nationally implies that the Council and all social landlords have specific powers to take that removing motion of their properties to guard home abuse victims.
The broader housing choices, lodging and help providers accessible by way of No Residence for Home Abuse to everybody resident of West Dunbartonshire.
Councillor Diane Docherty, Convener of Housing and Communities, mentioned: “We’re dedicated to addressing home violence within the native space and the strengthening of our stance on it with this new coverage. It brings collectively all of the completely different actions we take and shall be reassuring to our residents.
“We wish to guarantee victims and survivors really feel protected and supported and inspired to come back ahead for assist with out the fear of dropping their properties.”
Councillor Ian Dickson, Vice Convener of Housing and Communities, added: “As a Council, we have now led the best way with the steps we have now taken to stop home abuse in our properties. I’m happy that the legislation has caught up with the actions we have now already been taking, and that we now have clear, specific powers to take away any perpetrator from one in every of our properties.”
The coverage has been created in shut collaboration with West Dunbartonshire’s Violence in opposition to Ladies and Ladies Partnership (VAWP).