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Please support our urgent Christmas appeal

7 November, 2023

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We need your help.

Christmas is meant to be the most wonderful time of the year, but for the 3,500 women, men, and children we support every December, it can be a frightening and isolating time. With your support, we can reach all the victims and survivors of domestic abuse in Yorkshire that urgently need our help.

Each December, we see a surge in calls to our helpline and an increased demand for our services. Although more time at home, increased alcohol consumption and financial pressures are never an excuse for violent or controlling behaviour, abuse often escalates during the festive season. Victims may be trapped at home, more isolated and with less opportunities to report abuse and fewer routes to safety, and school holidays can mean that children are less likely to get the help they need.

We need to raise £20,000 in 7 days to ensure that we can respond to this urgent situation.

IDAS has been selected to participate in the Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s largest match funding campaign. Every donation made to the Big Give Christmas Challenge from 12pm on Tuesday, 28th November until 12pm on Tuesday, 5th December will be matched, so effectively doubled. One donation, twice the impact.

This gives us hope that we can raise much needed funds so that we can support all the victims and survivors of domestic abuse in Yorkshire that are asking for our help. We need to ensure support is available so that they can escape to safety with their children this Christmas – will you help us by donating?

A donation of £15 could provide an emergency food parcel for a family in need.
A donation of £30 could provide a counselling session for a child who has been abused.
A donation of £200 could help run our helpline for an hour, so that we can provide life-saving support to anyone experiencing domestic abuse.
A donation of £500 could accommodate a family in one of our emergency refuges for a week.

What happens during the Christmas Challenge?

Donations made to our project via will be doubled during the campaign. If you would like to support our charity this year, we’d love you to do so during the Christmas Challenge when your donation will be doubled and make even more of a difference to the women, men and children who urgently need our help.

What do I need to do?

  • Add a calendar reminder to your diary for 28th November – 5th December, including this link:
  • Register your interest in supporting our urgent campaign and receive a reminder when the Big Give Christmas Challenge goes live.
  • Have your 3D secure card details ready when you make your donation.

Please note, the donate button will appear on the campaign page when the Christmas Challenge launches.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at

Finally, please pass on this message to anyone you think might be interested in supporting us and having their donation doubled.

We believe that everyone should be able to live fulfilled lives, free from abuse and violence. With your help we can make this is a reality for those we support today and for future generations. Even a small donation will really make a difference to those we support.

Thank you.

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