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Published on: 11/06/2018


Rykneld Homes has signed the Make a Stand pledge and made a commitment to take action to support people experiencing domestic abuse.

The Make a Stand pledge has been developed by the Chartered Institute of Housing in partnership with Women's Aid and the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance.  It was created to help housing organisations make a commitment to support people who are experiencing domestic abuse.

Domestic Abuse is one of the biggest issues in society today.  The true scale of the problem is too difficult to determine because a large proportion of domestic abuse goes unreported, but studies suggest many millions of people are affected every year.  Tragically, two women are killed every week by their partner or ex-partner.

By signing the Make a Stand pledge, it gives us the opportunity to publicly commit to take action to support the victims of domestic abuse by completing the four focused commitments by September 2019.

Domestic Abuse

We define Domestic Abuse as any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (mental, physical, emotional, financial or sexual) against you by your partner, ex-partner or another member of your family or household.

There are signs of Domestic Abuse including:

  • Destructive criticism and verbal abuse
  • Pressure tactics
  • Disrespect – including putting you down in front of other people, not listening or responding when you talk, taking money from your purse without asking or refusing to help with childcare/housework
  • Breaking trust – lying to you, withholding information from you, having other relationships or breaking promises or shared agreements
  • Isolation – monitoring/blocking telephone calls, telling you where you can and cannot go or preventing you from seeing your friends/relatives
  • Harassment – following you, checking up on you, opening your mail or embarrassing you in public
  • Threats – making angry gestures, using physical size to intimidate, shouting at you, destroying your possessions, breaking things, punching walls or threatening to kill or harm you and the children
  • Sexual violence – using force, threats or intimidation to make you perform sexual acts, having sex with you when you don’t want to have sex or any degrading treatment based on your sexual orientation
  • Physical violence – punching, slapping, hitting, biting, pinching, kicking, pulling hair out, pushing, shoving, burning or strangling
  • Denial – saying the abuse doesn’t happen or you caused the behaviour, being publicly gentle and patient or crying and begging forgiveness, saying it will never happen again.


Domestic abuse can be considered a good enough reason for eviction, if your partner has left as a result of your violent or abusive behaviour.

As part of our commitment to tackling Domestic Abuse, we have developed a Domestic Abuse Policy, which sets out the actions we will take where abuse is reported or if we suspect it is taking place.

Some of our staff have undergone special training to help them deal with the issues and advise on the housing options available.

Report Domestic Abuse

Call 999 if it's an emergency or you're in immediate danger.

You can report domestic abuse by completing our Reporting Anti Social Behaviour online form.

Get in touch

Complete our online form

Call 01246 217670

Email us contactus@

Visit your local Area Office

Write to us Rykneld Homes Ltd, Pioneer House, Mill Lane, Wingerworth, Chesterfield S42 6NG

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Useful Links

Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA)

Send them an email

Women's Aid
Send them an email
Call 0117 944 4411

Call 020 7549 0578

The Elm Foundation
6 Fairfield Road, Chesterfield S40 4TP
Call 01246 540464