Developing a domestic abuse strategy helps to consolidate an organisations commitment to tackling domestic abuse, at the same time providing the foundations (and context) for subsequent actions.
A VAWDASV strategy and action plan can assist social landlord organisations to set out how they will work with other agencies, address staff training needs, ensure responses to clients/ tenants/ staff are appropriate, also how they will raise awareness to contribute to wider social change. It can help identify structures and resources needed to deliver improvements.
A domestic abuse strategy can incorporate the following:
The business case
including statistics, national and regional drivers, legislative context etc.; formation of regional VAWDASV Partnership Boards and their key strategic priorities (see below); the hidden costs; the costs to society etc.
outlining the role social landlords have in tackling domestic abuse and acting as a gateway to specialist help and support; highlight the prevalence of domestic abuse in social housing and implications for safeguarding children and adults.
Survivors as experts
setting out the organisations commitment to engaging with tenants who have experienced domestic abuse, ensuring their voices are heard, in turn informing future planning in relation to tackling this issue.
Setting out what the organisation will do
identifying key priority areas and an action plan. This could include around staff training, multi -agency collaboration and attending multi-agency meetings, committing resources for target hardening, responding to perpetrators (including holding them to account), trialling or incorporating new initiatives in areas such as prevention, awareness raising etc. (See Tier 2 for areas that could be considered).
Identifying the lead person for overseeing delivery of the strategy (which could be part of an existing safeguarding role)
Progressing and monitoring
setting out how progress will be monitored and measured