housing & housing services Training

Tackling Domestic Abuse Across the Housing Sector

housing & housing services Training

09:15 - 16:15

Tuesday 12 November 2019

Central London


It is estimated that domestic abuse affects around 2 million (or almost 6%) of adults in England and Wales. The housing sector is at the forefront of the struggle and has been called to action to tackle this ‘invisible crime.’

The 2018 Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill and the draft Domestic Abuse Bill introduced to parliament in July 2019 would place legal responsibility on councils to provide accommodation-based support to the victims of domestic abuse. In preparation, it is recommended that housing organisations develop and publish strategies which set out in detail the range of support services available for domestic abuse survivors and their children.

Join this training course to find out what your organisation can do to help tackle and prevent instances of domestic abuse. The course will provide housing professionals with an understanding of domestic abuse as a social issue and its dynamics. It will also equip you with the skills to identify risk factors; report appropriately, implement an action plan in conjunction with the family’s needs; and make appropriate onward referral to support services.

Learning Objectives:
  • Find out about latest updates and progress of the Domestic Abuse Bill
  • Understand the signs and impact of domestic abuse
  • Learn from an expert housing case study about how to tackle domestic abuse and support victims
  • Take away the knowledge of how to set up an effective internal strategy for tackling domestic abuse
  • Understand the importance of multi-agency cooperation in tackling domestic abuse


Gudrun Burnet, Group Lead on Domestic Abuse, Peabody and Co-Founder, Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance 


Lucy Hadley, Campaigns & Public Affairs Manager, Women’s Aid

Stuart Bell, Domestic Abuse & Safeguarding Co-ordinator, One Housing Group


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Gudrun Burnet

Group Lead on Domestic Abuse, Peabody and Co-Founder, Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance 

Gudrun Burnet is Senior Business Partner at Peabody and has worked in the field of domestic abuse for 10 years. Guddy has trained over 45 Housing Provider’s nationally. Guddy is the housing representative for the National Violence Against Women’s and Girls (VAWG) stakeholder panel hosted by the Home Office. She has spoken at International conferences in Czechoslovakia, Brighton, Belfast and the Hague about her work in housing and domestic abuse. She is a trustee of AVA, a 2016 Winston Churchill Fellow and was shortlisted for Red Magazine’s Pioneering Woman of the year Award 2016.

Lucy Hadley

Campaigns & Public Affairs Manager, Women’s Aid 

Lucy Hadley is Campaigns & Public Affairs Manager at Women’s Aid, the national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children. She leads the charity’s policy development and national campaigns – including the SOS: Save Refuges Save Lives campaign that has secured Government commitment to a long-term funding solution for refuge services, the Child First: Safe Child Contact Saves Lives campaign for safety in the family courts, and work to influence the landmark new Domestic Abuse Bill. Lucy leads the charity’s engagement within government and parliament and regularly represents Women’s Aid in broadcast media. Lucy previously held policy advisor roles for a Member of Parliament, within local government and in an international NGO.

Stuart Bell

Domestic Abuse & Safeguarding Co-ordinator, One Housing Group 

Stuart Bell is the Domestic Abuse & Safeguarding Coordinator at One Housing. His role sits within the Community Safety Team and was created to ensure specific and consistent support is being offered to victims of domestic abuse. He and three other staff members make up a safeguarding sub-team that covers One Housing’s 15,000 properties.




Chair’s Introduction & Clarification of Learning Objectives

Gudrun Burnet, Group Lead on Domestic Abuse, Peabody and Co-Founder, Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (CONFIRMED)


The Draft Domestic Abuse Bill: Understanding the Legislation Updates and Implications for the Housing Sector

  • Looking at the housing needs, challenges, and barriers facing survivors of domestic abuse
  • Outlining key findings from the consultation and the legislative process of the bill
  • Discussing the housing reforms within the legislation, including the provisions to ensure a survivor retains their secure tenancy when escaping domestic abuse
  • Analysing the proposed new legal duty on local authorities to deliver support for survivors in accommodation based services, and the implications for the sector

Lucy Hadley, Campaigns & Public Affairs Manager, Women’s Aid (CONFIRMED)


Morning Break


Defining Domestic Abuse and the Role of the Housing Sector

  • Understanding the different forms that domestic abuse can take including: physical, sexual, psychological, emotional and economic
  • Expanding the definition of domestic abuse by considering LGBT+, disabled, elderly people and the abuse that happens between family members
  • Understanding the dynamics of an abusive relationship and how you can identify the signs of domestic abuse
  • Realising the impact of domestic abuse on children and the importance of providing support to all family members involved

Gudrun Burnet, Group Lead on Domestic Abuse, Peabody and Co-Founder, Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (CONFIRMED)




Case Study: Tackling Domestic Abuse and Supporting Victims and Survivors

  • Introducing how One Housing deals with domestic abuse and how it ensures staff are trained
  • Case Study 1: Using an injunction under the ASB, Crime & Policing Act 2014 to remove a joint tenant from his property
  • Case Study 2: Assisting a tenant with a non-molestation order where an injunction under 2014 Act may not be appropriate
  • Case Study 3: Using Ground 14A to take possession of a perpetrator’s home due to domestic abuse

Stuart Bell, Domestic Abuse & Safeguarding Co-ordinator, One Housing Group (CONFIRMED)


Afternoon Break


Responding to Domestic Abuse

  • Identifying signs of domestic abuse as a part of your job and taking an active part in responding safely to domestic abuse
  • Gaining an understanding of the legal framework and options available to those involved in domestic abuse cases
  • Completing the Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Honour based violence (DASH) Risk Identification Checklist and onward referral to the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)
  • Collaborating with external services for safe outcomes and analysing strategies used by different agencies so you are able to benchmark your own strategies and performance
  • Creating an internal strategy and effectively implementing action plans

Gudrun Burnet, Group Lead on Domestic Abuse, Peabody and Co-Founder, Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (CONFIRMED)


Evaluation and Closing Remarks

*Programme subject to change

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