About IDAS

About IDAS

IDAS is the largest specialist charity in Yorkshire supporting anyone experiencing or affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence.

Our services include refuge accommodation, community based support, peer mentoring, group work and access to a free, confidential out of hours’ helpline.

Our teams of accredited specialist workers (IDVA’s and ISVAs) support people through the criminal justice system in addition to providing emotional support and safety planning advice.

For people who have experienced sexual violence either directly or are supporting someone else who has, we have a dedicated team of Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA) who can help you to realise your options, support you with the criminal justice process if that is relevant, and / or with accessing support services such as, but not limited to counselling, housing, sexual and physical health services. We will also help with understanding your fear responses, to look at coping strategies, to help you to build your self-esteem and confidence etc. we can offer you groups dedicated to moving on from sexual violence and / or 1:1 sessions.


We recognise that most victims of domestic abuse are women, however with sexual violence it is not so gendered. Whilst we do provide a number of single sex services such as refuges to women and their children, the majority of our services are accessible to anyone who is affected by abuse and we encourage male and LGBT+ victims and survivors to access our support.

For children and young people, we have developed one to one and group support. Our young persons’ RYPP (Respect Young Person’s Programme) also works with families where the young person is abusive.

We pride ourselves on our professional, responsive and innovative approach.  With over 40 years’ experience we have been at the forefront of developing new and unique services and were the first organisation in the UK to develop free online training and Live Chat support for survivors.

Our funding comes from the local authority, trusts, the Police Crime Commissioner, donations and grants.

Get in touch via isva@idas.org.uk or ring our helpline on 03000 110 110.
“Knowing that I had the support of someone who absolutely understood me and my situation with absolutely no judgement. Although our chats were only for an hour, I felt safe and reassured by Sam’s care and knew that I could turn to her any time if needed and she made it such fun. She knew instinctively how to speak to me, and it’s not only been useful but life-changing.”