DAHA received funding in 2017 from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to address raising awareness of domestic abuse in the PRS. The funding is focussed on delivering a national project to engage with the PRS in order to raise awareness of domestic abuse and look at how the PRS can improve its response and effectively support tenants better.
Partnerships are developing with the largest landlord professional bodies (Residential Landlord Association, National Landlord Association, Association of Residential Letting Agents and Institute of Residential Property Managers) who have fully embraced the need to get the right messages out to landlords and property managers that they shouldn’t ignore and turn a blind eye to signs of domestic abuse or indeed direct disclosures.
DAHA have produced a policy/fact sheet for landlord bodies to adopt
Articles have been published in professional journals highlighting the nature and extent of abuse and the signs to look for and not ignore
The NLA and RLA are now intending to train their members on domestic abuse
Presentations and key note speeches have been given nationally by DAHA at landlord organisation regional meetings and conferences to raise awareness in the sector.
In terms of the coverage and reach it is well over 90,000 who DAHA have engaged with to raise awareness of domestic abuse and how the PRS should appropriately respond.
The intention now is for the project to move on to look at domestic abuse best practice with private tenant organisations with a view that a complete model of best practice can be piloted further.
The Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) Private Rented Sector work is led by Victoria Watts, DAHA Private Rented Sector Manager. Victoria’s role is to extend DAHA’s model of best practice into the private rented sector by working with specialist agencies and local authorities.
Victoria comes with a brilliant reputation and a wealth of experience in the private rented sector, working with landlords and statutory and voluntary agencies to improve privately rented standards throughout the country.