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1Dec
  • Victoria Watts, DAHA Private Sector Development Coordinator

Housing partnership that tackles domestic abuse expands team

The Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) is delighted to announce the appointment of Victoria Watts, DAHA Private Sector Development Coordinator, to help it extend its model of best practice into the private rented sector.

Launched in 2013, DAHA is a partnership between North East housing provider Gentoo, Charity Standing Together Against Domestic Violence (STADV) and London-based housing association, Peabody, which aims to improve the housing sector’s response to domestic abuse. Having made considerable progress in improving the response to domestic abuse across the social rented sector, DAHA recently won funding to replicate its success in the private rented sector.  

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, and in particular for vulnerable people throughout the country.

Standing Together CEO and DAHA Co-founder Nicole Jacobs said: “We are thrilled to welcome Vicki into this role and to the DAHA national team. Over and over, when we speak to front-line workers in housing and domestic abuse, we hear the need to draw private landlords into the conversation about how to safely support victims of domestic abuse. This appointment represents a significant step in this direction.”