Housing and Homelessness

​COVID-19 Housing and Homelesness Guidance

Click on the links below for briefing sheets around providing safe responses to domestic abuse in housing and homelesness settings:

COVID-19 Domestic abuse and sexual violence guidance for homelessness settings

COVID-19: DAHA Provides Guidance for Housing Providers

Women's Homelessness Action Forum (WHAF) Key Asks to support women experiencing or at risk of homelessness during COVID-19

Housing Providers & Refuges: Tackling move-on together during COVID-19 Initiative

AN OPEN LETTER TO DAME LOUISE CASEY - Members of the National Domestic Abuse Policy and Practice Group have written an open letter to Dame Louise Casey, calling for action to ensure that women and survivors staying in hotels and other emergency accommodation for people sleeping rough are not forced to return to their abusers or to the streets following the pandemic.

  • 40% of all homeless women state that domestic violence is a contributing factor in their homelessness.
  • In 2013, 9,577 women and 10,117 children were provided with emergency housing in a refuge.
  • On a typical day, 155 women with 103 children are turned away from the first refuge they approach for help.
  • 90% of young people leave home because of family conflict, including witnessing domestic violence or being a victim of physical or sexual abuse.

What we do

We bring together housing providers into an operational group. Through the group we start conversations about domestic abuse within and between different housing sectors. We support them to share information and learning, to collaborate, and to keep communicating.

We inform, guide, and monitor the activity of the group to ensure that their work is safe, effective, and responds to changing needs and priorities.

Through this work, and other components of our Coordinated Community Response, we are able to break down barriers between providers and help to spread good practice. 

We also formed the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance with Peabody and Gentoo Group and together developed the National Domestic Abuse Service Standards - the National benchmark for the housing sector. For more information, please visit our website.

What we can do for you

Local authorities

We can help you bring together and successfully coordinate housing services' response to domestic abuse in your area.

This might include several practical interventions:

  • Engaging and integrating services.
  • Writing terms of reference.
  • Developing and implementing policies, procedures, and protocols.
  • Training and workforce development.
  • Measuring impact.

Registered Social Landlords

We can support you to help end domestic abuse in a number of ways:

  • Full briefing on the National Domestic Abuse Service Standards and support to implement them.
  • Guidance to secure Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance accreditation for your housing service.
  • Training for staff across your organisation to respond confidently, consistently and safely to domestic abuse.
  • Help you to develop effective mechanisms to hold perpetrators to account.

Housing First and Homelessness

We support housing and homelessness providers who want to improve their response to homeless women affected by domestic abuse and multiple disadvantage. We are currently working in partnership with homelessness and women’s sector organsations in the tri-borough to develop a Housing First response to this cohort of women, as well as providing specialist training and capacity building support to grow and strengthen partnerships in this area of work more generally.

Whole Housing

Whole housing is an exciting new project coming out of the housing team and linked to our work with DAHA.  

The Whole Housing programme brings together domestic abuse systems leaders to establish comprehensive housing practice in relation to domestic abuse and deliver a ‘Whole Housing’ approach for the first time in three local areas:

  • London Tri Borough
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Stockton

The Whole Housing project is funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and work on all three sites will take place from April 2019 to the end of March 2020.

The Whole Housing Mission is:

  • To improve housing options for families affected by domestic abuse through a ‘Whole Housing Approach’
  • To provide a plethora of housing options to people experiencing domestic abuse understanding families will be on a spectrum of need.

For more comprehemsive details about the project, see our briefing sheet.  For any enquiries, please contact daha_team@standingtogether.org.uk


Please contact us to find out how we can help you reduce and prevent domestic abuse in your local area.