“My mum’s first marriage was horribly abusive. She was beaten on a daily basis and hospitalised on several occasions. I have seen the ongoing effect this experience has had, not only on my mum, but on our whole family. I chose to become an IDAS Champion to promote this lifesaving service and to highlight to people that domestic abuse can affect anyone, irrespective of age, gender or social status.”
You can be a Champion in your place of work or study and help to raise awareness with your peers and colleagues. You will understand the culture of your study or workplace and can help to inform and educate others so that domestic abuse is something that people talk about. Things you might do include:
Our community teams are embedded in local communities and respond to the needs of the people who live there. There are many ways you could be involved with a community team; for example, some of our volunteers help to facilitate groups and others provide a listening ear to clients who are feeling isolated. There are also opportunities to do other things such as helping with admin tasks or distributing items to people to help keep them safe in their home.
Our refuges provide a perfect setting for our talented volunteers to share their skills such as cooking or DIY with adults and children to help them towards re-building their lives and living independently in the future.
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Download our posters and display them in your local area
Join one of our fundraising events or start your own
Find out more from our staff, volunteers and those we’ve supported.
IDAS is the largest specialist charity in Yorkshire supporting people affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence.