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We are proud to have an inspiring network of 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. 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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