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North Yorkshire Domestic Abuse Charity Supports Campaign

North Yorkshire Domestic Abuse Charity Supports Campaign

Published by Karen Liu at 11:55am 28th November 2019.

A North Yorkshire charity which supports victims of domestic abuse is raising awareness.

IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Service) supports anyone experiencing or affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence. 

It is supporting 16 days of action to end gender-based violence, a campaign which is running all over the world until 10th December. 

IDAS are carrying out a number of events to mark the campaign.

Volunteer organiser Marie Eden says domestic abuse takes many different forms:

"We speak to many survivors who are experiencing emotional, psychological abuse, verbal abuse, financial abuse.

Universal credit has meant that one person in the household  gets that benefit and often we find out it's the abuser that obtains that universal credit, so it makes it even more difficult to leave that relationship."

Marie says it is vital they actively raise awareness, especially in more rural communities.

She added:

"For us it's always in our thinking, but not for everyone else. 

We are wanting to raise awareness across all communities. 

I think it's very difficult to access services and sometimes people do when they're in compete crisis.

"It's very difficult in a rural community to talk about anything that's sensitive.

Everyone knows each other which makes it difficult as well.

Sometimes people aren't aware that there are services there."

For more information and support visit www.idas.org.uk

IDAS helpline - 03000 110 110  

24 hour helpline - 0808 2000 247 

You can email IDAS on info@idas.org.uk


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