Initiative tackling domestic abuse in social housing to launch

  • Next week the first landlord-led initiative to tackle domestic abuse among social housing tenants will be launched.

    The Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance is a partnership between Peabody and Gentoo with national campaign group Standing Together Against Violence, reports Inside Housing. Symbol Home From Hands Isolated On White

    The DAHA aims to improve awareness and training around domestic abuse for social landlords, and is also in the process of drafting an accreditation process.

    This launch follows news from last week that every social landlord in Wales will have a domestic abuse policy in place for tenants and staff.

    Kelly Henderson, domestic abuse lead at Gentoo and co-founder of DAHA, said: "In Sunderland we had 6,188 domestic abuse incidents reported to the police last year. At Gentoo we have a large proportion of the city's housing stock, so this is an issue that really concerns us, that concerns all housing providers."

    John Bentham, domestic abuse policy lead at DCLG, said: "Domestic abuse is an insidious crime. Housing professionals can play a vital role in identifying and tackling it yet too often their role is overlooked and under-appreciated. The launch of DAHA is a most welcome step forward."

    Gudrun Burnet, senior business partner at Peabody and DAHA co-founder, said: "We know we can help victims of domestic violence. Through training, education and our partnership approach we can identify abuse much earlier, preventing the situation from spiralling out of control: ultimately saving lives."

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