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I was so worried that people would not believe me or judge me but I couldn't be more wrong. I've been so lucky with the people who have helped me on my journey.

"I was in an abusive relationship for seven years.  I didn't realise how bad it was until it felt all too late to make it stop.  I was totally lost and didn't know who I was anymore.  I thought most of the problem was me and that I couldn't make it better because I wasn't trying hard enough.  At the end of the day it just wasn't what I'd planned for my life or my kids.  I knew I had to get out of it but just didn't know how and then one day I just did."

"I wouldn't have been able to cope or manage without IDAS.  I probably would have gone back because I didn't realise how bad the situation was.  I was so worried that people would not believe me or judge me but I couldn't be more wrong.  I've been so lucky with the people who have helped me on my journey.  To believe me, to listen to me, to give me the strength to know that I can do it and that I'm not alone.  To give me back myself is the most amazing gift I could ever have been given."

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
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