DAHDomestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA)

For those who find themselves trapped in an abusive relationship, not having somewhere safe to live is the main reason they have trouble being able to leave. The fear of homelessness for themselves and family members who might be affected is something that makes people stay in situations that are dangerous for everybody. 

Homes in Sedgemoor (HiS) is working towards the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) accreditation to ensure we continue to give survivors the support they need. Perpetrators can also be advised about places they can get help to change their behaviour. 

The DAHA accreditation means HiS has reached the benchmark for how housing providers should respond to domestic abuse in the UK. It is recognised in the government’s Ending Violence against Women and Girls Strategy 2016 to 2020.  

Neighbourhood Manager Lindsey said:

“Homes in Sedgemoor continues to work towards achieving the DAHA accreditation.  

“DAHA has launched an updated set of standards which we are working towards to ensure we are providing survivors and their families with the best support possible.  

“No matter who you contact at Homes in Sedgemoor, we will work hard to help you and be a first point of contact for those affected by domestic abuse.” 

HiS understands that it can be very difficult to take the first step to get help and is committed to acting quickly and sympathetically to anyone who is experiencing domestic abuse. We will listen to you and ask you how you wish for us to help you. We will offer you support and point you in the direction of specialist agencies who can support you. We pledge to react quickly and effectively to ensure that you are safe, and we will be sensitive and understanding when we discuss your situation. 

Working towards DAHA accreditation has seen HiS review policies and procedures surrounding how we respond to domestic abuse. This can be psychological, physical, sexual, coercive behaviour, financial, controlling or emotional, all of which can be classed as abusive. HiS is looking at ways to work better with other organisations and partners to tackle these and other issues.  

If you would like some help or advice surrounding domestic abuse, please contact our Neighbourhoods Team at 0800 585 360.  

Alternatively, you can find out what support is available on our Domestic Abuse page on our website at Homes in Sedgemoor, or you can contact the Somerset Integrated Domestic Abuse Service on 0800 69 49 999 for more information.