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29Aug
  • DAHA Development Managers Aisha Sharif and Philomena Azu

Housing partnership tackles domestic abuse with new funding

National housing partnership, the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA), has gone from strength to strength attracting new grant funding and expanding its team.

The new funding comes from a variety of sources, including the Home Office, the Government’s Tampon Tax Fund, London Councils and Comic Relief, and has allowed the organisation to make two key appointments as well as advertising a third vacancy.

DAHA is a partnership between leading housing provider Gentoo, Standing Together Against Domestic Violence (STADV) and London and the South East based housing association, Peabody, which aims to improve the housing sector’s response to domestic abuse.

DAHA states that a housing officer may well be a person’s first port of call and it is vital that professionals have the necessary skills to identify those carrying out domestic abuse and those at risk to ensure that residents are able to live safely.

Aisha Sharif and Philomena Azu have both been appointed as Development Managers and will support housing providers in improving their response to domestic abuse.

Aisha Sharif has spent her career supporting women around domestic abuse, by coordinating and delivering support groups and implementing survivor-led initiatives across London. She also transformed Viridian Housing’s response to domestic abuse, winning a sector award for her “No Home for Domestic Abuse” campaign aimed at staff and residents; as well as securing a DAHA accreditation for the organisation.   

Philomena Azu has previously worked in supported housing projects working with women and young people with mental health and substance use support needs. She joins DAHA most recently from her busy role as Ealing MARAC Coordinator at Standing Together Against Domestic Violence where she managed on average 30 cases of domestic abuse every three weeks.

Kelly Henderson, Business Manager (Domestic Abuse) at Gentoo, said: “We’re incredibly fortunate to have recruited two dedicated and experienced members of staff as part of the DAHA partnership, both with proven track records in tackling domestic abuse and supporting individuals.”

Gudrun Burnet, Senior Business Partner at Peabody, added: “As well as the two new appointments we’re also looking to recruit a DAHA Development Coordinator to help us extend this model of best practice into the private rented sector.”

For the further information about the Development Coordinator role, please visit: http://www.gentoogroup.com/for-customers/news/2017/july/job-vacancy-daha-development-coordinator-for-private-landlords/

The job description and application pack can be found at: http://www.standingtogether.org.uk/news/daha-development-coordinator-private-landlords.