Branch Secretary :

Housing employers and domestic violence

80% increase


All reports point to an alarming increase in Domestic Violence during the pandemic. Over 80,000 phone calls were made to the National Domestic Abuse hotline in the first three months of lockdown last year. According to Refuge, which operates the service, that represented an 80% on previous years. This is a key issue in the workplace.


Unite has won gains


Our experience is that too many housing association employers are examples of bad practice, although Unite has been able to win important progress in some organisations. We reported on the new agreement at Peabody housing here. The new Unite negotiators guide on the issue can be found here and there is a summary of the new policy at Peabody here.


Branch meeting


Our branch meeting (on zoom) Tuesday 9th February will include a discussion on how we can improve things led by reps frpm Peabody. Even the government has recognised the growing problem and has called on employers to do more. Yet some housing associations do not even have a policy for their workforce, even when they have policies for tenants.  Unite reps will be fighting for change.


If you are a member of Unite LE1111 branch and have nor recieved you invitation to this meeting contact branch secreatary Jack Jeffery:



Before Posting

We welcome debate and discussion on our website, but we also want an open, respectful, inclusive space in which forms of abuse or personal attack will not be tolerated. Comments will be moderated and will be removed if they are found to be unduly offensive. You should also be very careful in posting information about your employer. Employers do visit the website and if you think a comment could get you into trouble for releasing confidential or sensitive information, or for bringing the employer into disrepute, please do not post it. It remains your individual responsibility to ensure that what you post is appropriate. Please therefore just give a moment's thought to what you are saying. The types of comments that are likely to be moderated are:

  • Personal abuse or attacks on an individual.
  • Information which breaches another person's right to confidentiality.
  • The use of offensive language, including swear words, or language which is racist, sexist, or otherwise breaches equalities standards.
  • Anything that might place the Branch or the wider union in legal jeopardy.
  • Adverts or information which is posted for commercial gain.

* Name
* Email (will not be published)
* field is required