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Whole Housing Approach

Our Whole Housing approach provides support to survivors of domestic abuse who’ve been referred to Advance and need safe accommodation.

A lack of safe and stable housing can have a big impact on various parts of a survivor’s life. For many, it can make them feel that their only option is to return to the perpetrator.

The London Whole Housing Services Partnership (LWHSP):

The partnership is led by Advance and delivered alongside specialist domestic abuse partners to increase safety and choice for victims and their children. It also works to reduce the use of costly emergency accommodation and refuge’s and to ensure that survivors remain in their own homes where practical and preferred.

The partnership aims to:
  • Work within and alongside Local Authority Housing teams, working directly with women who need emergency safe accommodation
  • Provide long-term support to women affected by domestic abuse with housing needs
  • Coordinate security improvements to be made to a victim’s home so they’re more able to stay in their home safely
  • Advocate for those with caring responsibilities with Housing teams, Social Care, the Department for Work and Pensions and domestic abuse provision
  • Advocate for women from minoritised communities and LGTBQ+ people
  • Provide specialist support with finances, debt, and financial abuse
  • Provide one-to-one counselling to allow women to explore, understand and overcome their experiences of domestic abuse
Our housing partnership offers support to women:
  • Experiencing housing issues and/or facing homelessness
  • Women preparing to approach their local authorities Housing teams
  • With social tenancies in either council or housing association accommodation
  • Living in Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster
Make a referral:

If you’re a professional who would like to refer a woman to our service, please fill out the referral form below and send to LWHSP@advancecharity.org.uk.

Please note this service is not open to self-referrals.

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