Safe at Home, Include new partners in tackling domestic abuse (lessons learned from including social housing providers)

11/06/2019 - 09:30 to 11/06/2019 - 11:00
Proposal(Workshop / Presentation)
Coordinating organization: 
Federatie Opvang (Dutch Federation of Shelters)
Art and Advocacy
Organization Name: 
Dutch Federation of Shelters (Federatie Opvang)
Organization Introduction: 
Dutch Federation of Shelters is the umbrella organization for women's and social shelter organizations in the Netherlands.
Proposer: Yvonne Matser-van 't Oever
Describe your workshop/presentation (300-500 words): 
Violence is notoriously difficult to identify when it occurs in the family home. If victims or witnesses are unable or unwilling to report abuse, support agencies cannot respond. The Safe at Home project advocates an approach towards domestic violence that transcends closed doors and responds to the (unspoken) needs of victims by integrating housing providers, a currently under-used resource, in a multi-sectoral approach in policy and practice. Housing providers do have access to these hidden spaces and the SAH project included them in efforts to identify domestic violence.

Social housing is organized in different ways in different countries. However, the knowledge and experiences with the Safe at Home approach can serve as inspirational example on how to engage new sectors in tackling domestic violence. Furthermore, the Safe at Home project contributes to raising awareness of the important relationship between housing and domestic violence.
All Speakers:
Yvonne Matser-van 't Oever
I have a track record of preventing domestic violence trough projects that increase institutional and political awareness. For example in my role as coordinator of the Safe at Home project, a two-year European project that included Housing Providers in tackling domestic violence. I am an experienced speaker and trainer in this field and passionate about creating and interactive and motivating learning environment that inspires participants to get involved and implement new knowledge in their daily work.
Gudrun Burnet
Gudrun Burnet is the Group Lead on Domestic Abuse at Peabody, one of the largest housing providers in London, and has worked in the field of domestic abuse for 15 years. Guddy co-founded the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) in 2014 which is a national initiative to improve the whole housing sector response to domestic abuse. Guddy chairs the National Housing and Domestic Abuse Policy and Practice Group which has 21 members across the domestic abuse, housing and homelessness sector. She has spoken at conferences all over the world on her work including the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia, Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands. She was also shortlisted for Red Magazine's Pioneering Woman of the Year Award 2016 and was nominated as one of the Women of Year 2018.