Launch of Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance

  • A new alliance to tackle domestic abuse has been launched.

    An alliance led by Standing Together Against Domestic Violence, housing association Peabody and social business Gentoo Group are working together to prevent domestic abuse in the housing sector, reports 24dash.

    Over five million people live in affordable housing in England and Wales and the government are welcoming a housing centred approach at tackling domestic abuse. This alliance is an assessment tool enabling organisation to analyse and assess existing practise whilst also implementing an improvement plan.

    Carl Sargeant, The Minister for Housing and Regeneration (National Assembly for Wales) guest speaker at the London launch, said: "The Welsh Government is committed to tackling domestic abuse and we are working with housing providers to ensure that vulnerable people get the best possible support as early as possible. There is a lot of very positive work already evident on this front in Wales and I recently announced that all social housing providers in Wales now have domestic abuse policies in place for staff and tenants - a considerable step in the right direction. However, it's vital that we don't stand still and that we, as a sector, continue to work together to ensure best practice across the board when tackling these heinous crimes, wherever they are committed. The standards launched by the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance will help to ensure a focussed approach from housing providers when tackling domestic abuse. It is something that I and my officials will follow up to ensure progress is made in Wales."

    John Bentham, Homelessness and Domestic Abuse Policy Lead, Department for Communities and Local Government (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 which brings together the expertise of Gentoo, Standing Together and Peabody is a most welcome step forward. Supporting others to ensure a consistent and coordinated response will no doubt help keep victims safe. I hope more and more housing organisations adopt DAHAs best practice, recognise the impact domestic abuse has on our communities and understand what action they can take."

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