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Chosen Charities Focus on: IDAS

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IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Services) is a Yorkshire based specialist charity supporting victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence. They started life as York Women’s Aid over 40 years ago, York Women’s Aid was one of the first refuge providers in the UK and was developed from a 2 bedroom flat donated by a local businessman.


Everyone at IDAS is proud to be part of a specialist organisation committed to delivering high quality support to both victims and survivors.  Their services are always developed in consultation with the people who use them and with partner agencies.

Domestic abuse affects up to 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men at some point in their lives and each year there are over 90,000 reports of domestic violence made to the police in the Yorkshire area alone. IDAS has been providing support to victims and survivors for over 40 years. They now support both men and women and also provide education and safety advice to children and young people.

For children and young people, IDAS have developed one to one and group support. Their young persons’ RYPP (Respect Young Person’s Programme) also works with families where the young person is abusive.

IDAS’ other services include:

  • Refuge accommodation for women and children who need to escape.
  • A helpline available 7 days a week for survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence.
  • Community based support and safety planning for anyone who has experienced abuse.
  • Support to people going through civil and criminal proceedings.
  • Education and awareness groups in schools and colleges.
  • Group programmes to help survivors overcome the harmful impacts of abuse.
  • Specialist support for children and young people who’ve lived with abuse.
  • Training to professionals and organisations.

Last year IDAS helped over 7,000 families and individuals and they rely on the generosity of donors and supporters to enable them to continue this vital work.

They offer non-judgemental support and through both their individual programmes and group work, empowering people to make their own choices and determine their own future.

As a charity, the work of IDAS is overseen by a board of Trustees which compromises skill and knowledgeable people recruited from a wide range of backgrounds including the law, human resources, marketing and



As part of Ellis Bates Chosen Charities referral scheme.