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Whole Housing Approach to Domestic Abuse Toolkit Launched

Posted by Natalie Pearson 19/03/20

The Whole Housing Approach project team have announced the online launch of the Whole Housing Approach (WHA) toolkit, which offers practical guidance and resources to local areas to deliver a consistent WHA to domestic abuse.

On average two women are killed by their partner or ex-partner every week in England and Wales with 75% being killed in their own home.

Victims and survivors of domestic abuse need safe and stable housing but are often expected to relocate to different accommodation in order to stay safe which can have financial implications. With a lack of affordable, long-term housing available in many areas this acts as a barrier to victims/survivors securing a safe home.

The Whole Housing Approach and the toolkit aims to change this by:

  • Creating earlier identification and intervention for domestic abuse through mobilising social and private landlords and key institutions involved in private ownership
  • Reducing the number of people who are made homeless as a result of domestic abuse
  • Increasing tenancy sustainment options so that people experiencing domestic abuse can remain safely in their home when it is their choice to do so or do not lose their tenancy status if they relocate. This includes social housing landlords taking action to remove perpetrators from properties through enforcement where appropriate and safe to do so.

The toolkit was the culmination of the WHA pilot project, which was funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government over 18 months from October 2018 to the end of March 2020. Six specialist domestic abuse organisations as well as a civil society organisation have been working with 10 local authority areas to provide domestic abuse initiatives and practices across a range of accommodation settings and tenure types (social, private rented and privately owned). Some of these initiatives are existing housing options while others are being introduced to England for the first time.

The toolkit can be accessed online here.

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