As a leader in the sector, IDAS contributes to a range of research projects which help inform local and national policy making, commissioning and legislative frameworks.

We are committed to ensuring that the voice of survivors is heard by statutory organisations, politicians and policy makers and we actively campaign on areas that most impact the people we support.

Our insights are relied upon by leaders regionally and nationally and we have spearheaded change through conducting reviews and research into specific research areas. Recent examples include, how those working in the domestic abuse sector during the pandemic have been impacted, domestic abuse support for children, young people, and their parents, and victims and survivors’ experience and safeguarding in respect of Family Court proceedings. 

Our report ‘Domestic Abuse & The Family Court’ has led to significant changes in our local courts, informed Family Justice Council Guidance and was submitted to the MoJ Expert Panel on Harm in the Family Courts to inform their report and subsequent implementation plan. In addition, the research led to a pilot to improve the management and recording of non-molestation orders with North Yorkshire Police (2021). 

We are committed to underpinning both our services developments and campaigning activities with robust data and evidence. We regularly work with universities as well as conducting our own research and are often commissioned to undertake specific projects.