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Our story

We started life as York Women’s Aid in the 1970s at a time when domestic abuse was largely accepted, when rape in marriage was legal and women couldn’t claim benefits in their own rights. 

There were limited options for victims who often found themselves trapped in abusive and violent relationships. We were one of the first refuge providers in the UK and we opened our local women’s refuge with the help of a York businessman who donated a two-bedroom flat to us.   

For many years we worked as a feminist collective, depending upon the generosity of supporters and volunteers to provide our services.   

In the 1990s, along with many similar charities, we started to receive local authority and government funding. This followed years of lobbying by the women’s sector for government and agencies to recognise the deep harm caused to victims and survivors and to make proper provision for their support. We started to formalise our approach to work, developing standards for our services and innovation in our approach to services.

In 2004 we started to work outside of the area of York to deliver community-based services in parts of North Yorkshire. We also began providing support to male victims of abuse. To reflect our new areas of work and our new remit, we decided to change our name to Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS).

Timeline

1977
York Women's Aid founded
IDAS started as York Women’s Aid, providing safe accommodation to women in a 2-bedroomed flat donated by a local businessman.
1977
2003
Manager appointed
York Women’s Aid recruit a manager. The organisation was previously delivered as a collective.
2003
2004
Refuge staff recruited
Recruitment of staffing for the refuge.
2004
2005 - Charitable income £340K
IDVA
IDVA funding won in Hambleton & Richmondshire.
2005 - Charitable income £340K
2006
A new refuge
Additional funding won in York for outreach services. New refuge developed in York.
2006
2007
Services for male victims
York Women's Aid develops services to support male victims.
2007
2008
The birth of IDAS
York Women's Aid rebrands as Independent Domestic Abuse Services to reflect their widening remit.
2008
2009
Expansion to Harrogate
Harrogate Women’s Aid merge with IDAS.
2009
2010 - Charitable income £860k
IDVA in Harrogate
IDAS take on services to deliver IDVA support in Harrogate in agreement with Victim Support.
2010 - Charitable income £860k
2011
Craven and Selby
Craven domestic violence services and Selby services merge with IDAS and IDAS take on the management of IDVA services in these areas in agreement with Victim Support.
2011
2012
County wide IDVA
IDAS win an interim contract to deliver IDVA services countywide.
2012
2013
Sexual violence and young people
IDAS win countywide IDVA and ISVA services. National charity ‘Respect’ accept an expression of interest from IDAS to become one of their partners to deliver the RYPP (Respect Young Person’s Programme).
2013
2014
Early intervention
The ‘Early Intervention service’ is trialled in York.
2014
2015 - Charitable income £880K
Countywide outreach and refuge
IDAS win countywide outreach and refuge services in North Yorkshire. IDAS win DCLG funding to provide weekend work.
2015 - Charitable income £880K
2016
Big funding wins
IDAS win Children in Need funding, Respect funding and funding for countywide early intervention work. The IDVA and ISVA service is expanded. IDAS win DCLG funding to work with perpetrators and train NYCC staff.
2016
2016
Women's Aid National Standard awarded to all services
2016
2017
Barnsley joins
IDAS win Barnsley domestic abuse and sexual violence contracts. North Yorkshire Community Services achieve Safe Lives accreditation
2017
2017
Leading Lights Barnsley
Safe Lives Leading Lights accreditation achieved in Barnsley
2017
2019
IDAS awarded Sheffield
Awarded Sheffield Community Services contract.
2019
2020 - Charitable income £4.8m
Leading Lights North Yorkshire
Safe Lives Leading Lights achieved in North Yorkshire.
2020 - Charitable income £4.8m
2020 - Charitable income £4.8m
Lime Culture Award
Accreditation for North Yorkshire ISVA service.
2020 - Charitable income £4.8m
2021
Helpline Accreditation
Helpline delivery in Sheffield.
2021
2022
Sheffield Emergency Accommodation
Awarded contract to deliver emergency accommodation in Sheffield.
2022
2023
Barnsley Contract Extended
Awarded a new 7 year contract to provide support and accommodation in Barnsley.
2023
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