Government puts weight behind DAHA accreditation

MHCLG has announced it has given its backing to the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance’s accreditation system.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has put its weight behind DAHA.

The accreditation, which is already supported by the Home Office, has now been given further backing by MHCLG.

The accreditation shows the benchmark for how housing should respond to, and tackle, domestic abuse.

The accreditation is a person-centred approach, with key principals being safety, confidentiality, inclusivity and taking a non-judgemental stance.

The accreditation is an online toolkit that housing providers from all over the country can access whenever they need to. DAHA also provide free best practice resources and deliver workshops around the country.

The Alliance, made up of Peabody, Gentoo and Standing Together, has been working to provide training and workshops to help organisations tackle domestic abuse in a “fair, compassionate and effective way”.

Domestic Abuse has risen fast up the agenda in housing, with the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Make a Stand campaign calling on the sector to do more.

Earlier this week, Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary John Healey gave his support to DAHA and Make a Stand campaign, urging all providers to sign up to the pledges.

It has also been an issue that has been getting more traction nationally, with it being discussed due to the passing of the Domestic Abuse Bill in parliament.

Announcing the backing of the accreditation, Communities Minister, Nigel Adams, said: “Domestic abuse has a devastating effect on lives and communities and this Government has put forward proposals for new laws which will transform our approach to this terrible crime.

“I welcome this initiative led by the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance and encourage housing organisations to take a proactive approach to supporting survivors of domestic abuse.”

Responding, DAHA co-founders, Kelly Henderson and Gudrun Burnet said: “DAHA’s mission is to improve the housing sector’s response to domestic abuse.

“We are delighted the important role that housing can play in recognising and responding to domestic abuse is recognised by the Government. We very much welcome their support of DAHA accreditation.”