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IDAS started life as York Women’s Aid over 40 years ago.  York Women’s Aid was one of the first refuge providers in the UK and was developed from a 2 bedroom flat donated by a local businessman.

More than 10 years ago we started to work outside of the area of York to deliver community based services in Easingwold and Northallerton.  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).

In 2010, Harrogate Women’s Aid decided to merge with IDAS and over the next few years, Selby and Craven Domestic Abuse Services decided to do the same.  We now work across North Yorkshire and have won contracts to provide services in Scarborough and Ryedale along with a countywide contract to provide ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor) support to victims and survivors of sexual violence.

“My support worker guided me and supported me when I was feeling scared and unsure about what I needed to do to keep me and my children safe.  I’m now in a much better place and feel more confident.  The support I received from my IDAS worker helped me so much to move on and start a new life with my children and be happy and safe.” (Scarborough outreach)

Police and Crime Commissioner, North Yorkshire County Council, City of York Council, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, BBC Children in Need, Leading Light Accreditation by Safe Lives