Domestic abuse is a significant cause of homelessness for women. 

In fact, our research into women's homelessness found domestic abuse and other forms of gender-based violence are near universal experiences for women who experience homelessness. 

This means women navigate homelessness very differently to men and need services designed just for them and that support them to build on their resilience and strengths.

This also means including ensure Single Homeless Project, as an organisation, can deliver safe and effective interventions in domestic abuse, addressing the needs of survivors and holding abusers to account.

Female clients share their experiences of homelessness and gender-based violence. 

What is DAHA?

The Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance’s (DAHA) mission is to improve the housing sector’s response to domestic abuse through the introduction and adoption of an established set of standards and an accreditation process. 

The accreditation is the only UK benchmark for how housing providers should respond to domestic abuse in the UK and is recognised in the Government's Ending Violence against Women and Girls Strategy: 2016 to 2020

By becoming DAHA accredited, housing providers and services can show they are taking a stand to ensure they deliver safe and effective responses to domestic abuse. 

Leading the way with DAHA in the homelessness sector

We, alongside a number of other homelessness organisations, worked with Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse to develop an adapted set of DAHA principles for the homelessness sector.

These adapted principles are currently being piloted across the homelessness sector.  In early 2023, Single Homeless Project became the largest homelessness organisation to join the pilot.

This means Single Homeless Project will lead the way in improving the homelessness sector's response to domestic abuse, with updates on how the pilot is going below.