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LISTEN: Survivors of domestic abuse help raise awareness in Craven

LISTEN: Survivors of domestic abuse help raise awareness in Craven

Published at 8:44am 28th November 2019. (Updated at 9:04am 28th November 2019)

Domestic abuse survivors have joined staff and volunteers in Craven to raise awareness of domestic violence.  

  • North Yorkshire charity IDAS is supporting '16 days of action to end gender-based violence' 
  • The worldwide campaign runs until 10th December 
  • IDAS has held a hedge planting event in Settle to raise awareness 
  • Staff and volunteers were joined by women who the service has helped escape abusive relationships  

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

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

To mark the campaign, IDAS held a hedge planting event in Settle in partnership with The Yorkshire Millennium Trust. Staff and volunteers were joined by women who the service has helped leave abusive relationships. 

29-year-old Sinead and 31-year-old Yemi spoke to Stray FM's Lisa Darvill:

IDAS will be marking the event across Harrogate and Craven, but hope the event in Settle will represent how people come together to offer support and gain strength. 

Volunteer organiser Marie Eden said

"It came from working with survivors and thinking about new beginnings, trauma and how we move on. 

"Being outside in nature connects us and improves our mental well being.

"We thought the hedge planting was so symbolic because we know the hedges are going to grow together and be stronger together and that's where we're at with our services. 

"We are pulling together." 

Hedge planting event Settle - IDAS
Staff, volunteers and survivors planted hedges to represent support and strength

 

Marie says it's 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. Sometime 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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