As part of an awareness raising campaign funded by the North Yorkshire Police Crime Commissioner, local domestic abuse charity IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Services) are running open days to inform people about their services.
Nigel Adams MP for Selby and Ainsty visited their offices this month to find out more about their work in the local area.
In 2015, IDAS received around 600 referrals into its services for people affected by domestic abuse in Selby. Over 3500 referrals were taken from across the county. North Yorkshire Police reported that incidents of domestic abuse increased last year with over 9000 reported to them.
Nigel Adams MP says of his visit:
“I found the visit incredibly informative, and would urge anyone who is concerned that they might be in an abusive relationship to get in touch with the team at IDAS. Many people believe that domestic abuse is not happening in their area or among the people that they know, however, it is clear that people from all walks of life can be affected. It is important that we work together to raise awareness of domestic abuse and help people to get the support that they need.”
IDAS offers comprehensive support to help people affected by domestic abuse to make informed choices. The 24 hour helpline is free and confidential and anyone who is concerned for a friend or family member can also get advice.
Chris Davies, IDAS Project Manager for Selby & Craven said:
“Often, domestic abuse is considered a hidden problem so to have our local MP’s support is very important in raising awareness of this issue. Many people are not aware of the signs that they are in an abusive relationship and can feel trapped with nowhere to turn but IDAS are here to support anyone, whoever they are and whatever their experiences. We hope to continue raising awareness and encouraging more people to get the support that they need. We wish to thank Nigel for his continued support.”
For more information please contact IDAS www.idas.org.uk or 03000 110 110.