Our National Domestic Abuse Group brings together representatives from housing associations across the country to improve the sector’s identification of and response to domestic abuse.
The group aims to raise awareness of domestic abuse at a strategic level and enable housing associations to work together to improve their response. This group is particularly interested in ensuring that the social housing sector has a consistently high standard of responses to incidences of domestic abuse.
The group, chaired by Lisa Clarke (Clarion Housing) is designed for both general needs housing associations and those with specific services to raise awareness, share learning and drive change at the national level. Membership of the core group is by application on a periodic basis.
The Domestic Abuse Bill was given royal assent in April 2021, resulting in further significant changes such as a new definition of domestic abuse, new offenses to protect survivors, and the appointment of a domestic abuse commissioner to stand up for survivors. The Social Housing White Paper has also highlighted the role of housing associations in this important area.
As a result, the group is keen to raise the profile of the role of housing associations in identifying domestic abuse cases among residents and supporting victims. To get involved, please join our domestic abuse mailing list to ensure that you receive regular updates on crucial issues.
To join the domestic abuse mailing list for updates and information about our work, please email us.
We also work closely with the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA), you can find out more about their work and how to get involved via their website.