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Working to end domestic abuse and sexual violence

Refuge and accommodation
We provide two refuges and four self-contained flats in York and Harrogate accommodating up to 22 families at any one time. Families living in the refuge share communal facilities, but have their own bedrooms and bathrooms.

Support in the community
We work across North Yorkshire providing support to male and female victims who are living in their own homes. This includes safety planning, access to legal help, support to court, advice on housing and benefits and emotional support. We also run ‘freedom programmes’ with female victims. These are support groups that help victims build social networks and recover from the effects of living with domestic abuse.

Children and young people
In York & Harrogate we offer individual support to children aged 5 and over. This can last up to 18 weeks and helps children overcome the negative impacts of living with domestic violence.

Rape support
We run a county-wide helpline for people who’ve been raped or sexually assaulted and who want to talk in confidence to someone about what’s happened. We also provide one to one support, including support to court and referrals to specialist counsellors.

Awareness and training
We provide training to a range of agencies and can tailor this to meet an agency’s individual needs. Our essential on-line training was completed by over 600 professionals last year and receives excellent feedback. Our website now attracts over 1500 new visitors each month.

Work with perpetrators
We make referrals to our partner agencies so that perpetrators can access accommodation and support. We also have fully trained members of staff who co-facilitate the IDAP (Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme) with probation officers.

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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