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We are proud to have an inspiring network of volunteer Champions working across Yorkshire to raise awareness of domestic abuse and sexual violence. IDAS Champions come from a range of backgrounds and include survivors, members of the community and professionals.

Champions are trained to;

  • understand the services that IDAS provide,
  • confidently raise awareness of our services,
  • respond appropriately to a disclosure of domestic abuse or sexual violence,
  • signpost for support.

Our Champions get involved in a range of activities and these can vary depending on their preferences or job role. There is no minimum time commitment, and the scheme offers flexible training enabling Champions to advocate for survivors within whatever context they find themselves.

Community Champions are at the heart of their community whether this be a village, town or community group or organisation. Our Community Champions seek out opportunities to raise awareness of domestic abuse and sexual violence, this could include putting up posters and distributing leaflets, working with our local area managers to develop links with relevant individuals or groups, supporting us with events and engagement activities.

Workplace Champions may have additionally responsibilities such as writing work place policies, being the single point of contact for people with queries about domestic abuse in the work place and supporting colleagues who are victims or survivors of domestic abuse or sexual violence to access our support.

Survivor Ambassadors are brave victims and survivors who are passionate about improving the response to domestic abuse and sexual violence and are ready to speak out to make change.

IDAS Champions can listen if you are worried that you are being subjected to domestic abuse or sexual violence and signpost you for support.

Each of our Champions has a story to tell; here we feature just some of the incredible Champions who are working to make sure people are aware of the services we provide and how they can access support. If you would like to help us raise awareness of our services and make difference to people’s lives we’d love to hear from you.

Register to become a Champion

Our featured champions


Jo Ann HughesJo Ann Executive Director of Harrogate Hub - a charity offering a safe place providing unconditional listening, befriending and signposting support to anyone who has a need. Read Jo Ann's story
Jennifer PotterJennifer is an accomplished public speaker, author of 'Stronger, Braver, Wiser' and sexual abuse survivor. Read Jennifer's story
Claire ThrossellClaire is a prominent campaigner whose two young boys were killed by their father when he deliberately set fire to their home with them inside. Read Claire's story
MariaMaria is a writer and poet living in Otley who has experienced domestic abuse. Read Maria's story
AndyAndy is a retired police officer whose sister was murdered by her abusive partner. Read Andy's story
DavidDavid supports young carers and witnessed his mother experiencing domestic abuse. Read David's story
SamanthaSamantha works in social prescribing, with a background in arts therapy, and has experienced domestic abuse. Read Samantha's story
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