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NEW sexual violence training with BSL translation

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We are proud to launch our NEW sexual violence awareness training with British Sign Language (BSL) translation. 2.3% of adults (3.3% women and 1.2% men) aged 16 years and over were victims of sexual assault (including attempts) in the year ending March 2022. This equates to an estimated 1.1 million adults (798,000 women and 275,000 […]

Investment in safe accommodation secured

As the largest specialist charity in the North of England, supporting people impacted by domestic abuse and sexual violence, we are proud to have secured a significant social investment loan of £1.685 million from Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC) to expand our range of safe accommodation for those escaping abuse.  The loan from SASC’s Social […]

Launching Family Court Live Chat

If you are going to court for an order to protect you or if you are attending court for child contact arrangements this can be a daunting experience. If you have been subjected to domestic abuse this can be even more difficult.  You do not need to face court proceedings alone.   We provide emotional and […]

We've been nominated for an Employer's Excellence Award!

Employer's excellence awards 2024 shortlisted

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for Charity or Not-For-Profit Initiative of the Year by the prestigious The Employer’s Excellence Awards.  The shortlisting follows a series of nominations from both the public and people in our sector. The annual awards ceremony shines a light on the people and organisations demonstrating best practice in the […]

Stalking Awareness Week 22nd April

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Stalking is a pattern of repeated, unwanted attention or any behaviour that causes you to feel scared, anxious, or distressed. Contrary to popular belief, stalking is not just being followed by a stranger but also includes harassing behaviours from people one might know. Often, these behaviours are seen as romantic attempts or persistence in a […]

Trauma-informed training for ISVAs and managers in the north 

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IDAS are pleased to have secured funding from the Ministry of Justice in order to deliver trauma-informed training to those who support survivors of sexual violence.  IDAS has formed the Northern Training Consortium (NTC) in partnership with reputed northern VAWG organisations My Sister’s Place, Manchester Women’s Aid, The Halo Project, Leeds Women’s Aid and Wearside […]

Festive opening times

Wishing you peace and joy this festive season

Wishing you peace and joy this festive season Our offices are open until Friday 22nd December and reopen on 27th December – 29th December. Our offices will reopen for the new year on Tuesday 2nd January. Please contact us in advance to arrange an appointment. For donations and deliveries, please email Our helplines are […]

Free events for the 16 days of action

We will mark the 16 days of action from 25th November – 10th December by hosting a series of webinars, in addition to local events and activities. The 16 days of activism is part of a global campaign to end gender-based violence and abuse. Celebrated between the UN Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women (25th November) and the […]

Women and girls should be able to say ‘no’ without fear of repercussions. 

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The stabbing of fifteen-year-old girl, Elianne Andam, killed on her way to school, is a senseless act of violence. Her family and all who loved her must be heartbroken. Initial reports suggest that the 17-year-old male teenager who attacked her did so after his advances, an unwanted gift of flowers, weren’t welcomed. Elianne may have […]

Funding for Family Court work

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We are proud to have been awarded funding from The Access to Justice Foundation, to increase the support available to victims of domestic abuse facing private law proceedings. The funding will also allow us to develop an innovative pilot working with individuals, couples and co-parents to deescalate disputes and support with safe arrangements for children. […]

Emergency alerts

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On 23rd April the Government will test the new Emergency Alert system. We've created a short video warning of the risks of the alerts and how you can disable the alerts on your phone.

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