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Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is not just about a person hitting or threatening their partner.  It can include a whole range of things including belittling, constant criticism, isolating someone from their friends and family, sexual abuse and financial control.  It can take place in all sorts of relationships, including marriages and partnerships and between close family members.  It often continues after a relationship has ended.

Whilst the greatest number of people who experience domestic abuse are women, people from all walks of life including men, people in same-sex relationships, trans and non-binary people also experience abuse.

People from a range of different backgrounds often face additional barriers to accessing support, including practical issues associated with some disabilities, lack of trust in services and a concern that support won’t meet their needs or understand their circumstances.

IDAS services are open and inclusive and available to anyone who has experienced or is experiencing domestic abuse.

When you contact us we will talk to you about your situation and agree what support you need. This can include anything from helping you through the criminal justice system, giving you information on benefits and housing, providing emotional support or referring you on for counselling.  Your safety is of paramount concern to us and we will always do our best to help you form a plan that will help you feel safer.

Support can be offered on a one to one basis or in a group.  If you don’t want to meet in person we can also help you over the phone or via email. The team of people who provide support have specialist knowledge and in-depth training.  We also have good links with solicitors, counsellors and other specialist agencies.

Our team support both men and women who are experiencing domestic abuse.

On a scale of 1-10 I would rate my support as 10 and I can think of no improvements to the service. I would very much recommend IDAS to other victims of domestic abuse.

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