The Whole Housing Approach (WHA) was first conceptualised in 2018 by the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) in collaboration with the National Housing and Domestic Abuse Policy and Practice Group.

Thanks to generous funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), the first WHA project was piloted over 18 months from October 2018 to the end of March 2020.

A multi-agency project delivery team worked together to develop the WHA from concept to delivery and provided 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 WHA Guide offers an introduction to the model and why it's needed. It also describes the activities delivered and some early findings from this initial pilot. The guide is available to read below.

The group also produced a WHA toolkit with a section for each of its twelve components which offers practical guidance and resources for local areas to implement the WHA and deliver consistent practices for domestic abuse.