Posted on: November 20th 2023   •    Posted in: Tenants

Meet our domestic abuse champions

In the spring 2023 edition of Havebury News, we set out how we were working to become Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) accredited. This is the only UK benchmark for how housing providers should respond to domestic abuse.

As part of this accreditation, we are introducing our domestic abuse champions across the business to be a point of contact for you.

These champions are trained to develop knowledge on asking, responding, and supporting people affected by domestic abuse, and to use their knowledge to respond effectively and appropriately.


Louise Whatley, neighbourhood and estates manager and project lead on our DAHA accreditation, explains:

“The introduction of domestic abuse champions is something I felt very strongly about being a part of. To give colleagues the confidence to engage with one another and our residents on this subject, ensuring they receive advice & guidance to understand the support available to them”.



Meet our other champions



Tracey Roach, senior people business partner – “I wanted to gain a better understanding and provide another perspective with regard to our own team members, and to be an internal champion to support and appreciate the challenges around this difficult subject”.





Karen, hoarding and wellbeing support advisor – “The subject of domestic abuse is always going to be a sensitive discussion point and I wanted to be part of the Domestic Abuse Champion’s network. I want to provide appropriate support to those that struggle to have their voices heard and to be a supportive point of contact for colleagues, whether this is due to concerns for a resident or they themselves are experiencing some form of domestic abuse”.




Katie Ives, logistic team leader – “Many victims of abuse are invisible to the authorities. Not all abuse is obvious, to the victim or others. I know first-hand what it’s like to be missed by the system. I want to help raise awareness both with victims and the community”.






Lauren Eden, external communications advisor – “I wanted to become a domestic abuse champion as it is something that is close to my heart. I want to be able to give victims a voice, where perhaps they feel they have lost theirs, to remind them they are not alone and encourage them to get the help and support they need”.





If you are a victim or perpetrator of domestic abuse and you aren’t sure where you can go for help, please click here. Alternatively, you can call 01284 722279 to be put through to our Supported team.

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