Housing associations are central to the government's strategy to improve social housing yet have no direct statutory responsibility for rehousing homeless people. This study critically examines the role of housing associations in responding to the needs of women who have become homeless due to domestic violence.
Housing associations - rehousing women leaving domestic violence will fill a gap in the literature for academic staff and students interested in housing studies, social policy, sociology, women's studies, political studies and organisation/management studies; provide valuable guidance to staff in housing associations and local authorities working in "general needs" housing, supported housing and homeless services; and provide policy makers with a useful introduction to key issues.
Cathy Davis is currently a Research Fellow at the Social Work Research Centre, University of Salford. She was the author of the NHF's 'good practice' guide on responding to violence in the home and has researched and published primarily in the 'race' and housing field.
Contents: Working together: local authority and housing association responses to domestic violence; Finding a new home from the council or a housing association; The local authority, homelessness and the 'enabling role'; The housing associations - growing into a new role; Applying for association housing; Assessing applications and allocating property; Women's experiences of finding a new home; Conclusions.