We’ve formed a unique partnership with Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) as a response to rising domestic abuse cases across the country and in our communities. Despite it being commonplace, domestic abuse is extremely difficult to tackle due to it being a largely hidden occurring primarily within people’s homes.
As one of the largest housing associations in Hampshire, with strong links in our communities, we recognise the role we can play in helping stamp out domestic abuse in our neighbourhoods and approached DAHA for support. Our aim with this partnership is to enable us to better deal with cases of domestic abuse in our homes and embed preventative measures in our neighbourhoods.
As part of the partnership DAHA has seconded of one of its staff members, Hannah Brown, Accreditations Project Lead at DAHA, to join our team on a 1-year secondment. Hannah will support us in securing its DAHA Accreditation, the benchmark in the UK for how housing providers should respond to domestic abuse. It is the first time DAHA has agreed a partnership of this kind with a social housing provider and hopes it will provide a best practise model for future accreditation pathways in the sector.
During her time with us, Hannah will work with our teams across the organisation to help embed DAHA’s standards of good practise and support towards accreditation. She has already established a strategic steering group and a partnership with local domestic abuse charity, Aurora New Dawn, to introduce a safety and survivor-led case management approach. Hannah will also support our people to receive comprehensive training for handling and signposting cases of domestic abuse.