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The latest lockdown comes off the back of months of pro-longed adversity, with some people trapped with abusive partners or family members, in homes that do not feel safe.

We are extremely concerned about the increased risk and the potential for long-lasting, emotional, and psychological harm on victims, survivors, and their children.

 Many vulnerable victims won’t know that support is still available to them and so it is crucial that we work together to get the message out there that you can leave your home if you do not feel safe and you need to get support.

 Our teams continue to provide an uninterrupted service, with a dedicated Live Chat on our website for professionals and our partners, 10 am – 12 noon every weekday. Our Live Chat and email ( are the best way for us to respond to your enquiries. The helpline is the preferred method for victims and survivors to get in touch with us.


We have prepared graphics that you can use in our shared communications folder.

Domestic Abuse Awareness and ‘Ask for Ani’.

 This week, the Government are launching their ‘codeword’ scheme to make it easier for people to ask for help at the pharmacy or supermarket. ‘Ask for Ani’ encourages people to say the codeword so that they can be taken to a private consultation room or safe place so that they then have the option to call the Police, the National Domestic Abuse Helpline, or a local domestic abuse service.

 We can all take action to become ‘Domestic Abuse Aware’ and prepare to respond effectively to a disclosure of domestic abuse.

 Here are five simple things that you can do to become more ‘Domestic Abuse Aware’:

  1. Read our simple checklist for responding to domestic abuse disclosures,
  2. Put up posters about the ‘Ask for Ani’ scheme or our local support service in your place of work,
  3. Bookmark our secure referral form so that you can easily access it to make a referral,
  4. Take our free, online domestic abuse awareness training,
  5. Attend an IDAS ‘Domestic Abuse Aware’ webinar.

 We are running a series of webinars to discuss the ‘Ask for Ani’ scheme and to assist you with becoming ‘Domestic Abuse Aware’. These sessions will be approximately 45 minutes long and will cover, what the ‘Ask Ani’ scheme is, how you can effectively respond to a disclosure, who IDAS are and the services we provide, and we will also allow time to answer your questions.

 We are running a number of these to make is as easy as possible for our partners and other professionals to attend. Please do share this information widely.

 The dates are as follows:

January 26 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

January 27 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

February 2 | 7:30 am - 8:30 am

February 3 | 9:00 am - 10:00 am


Upcoming training events – IDAS Online Training Courses


Find out more about ‘Ask for Ani’.


We hope you are keeping safe and well and look forward to seeing you at one of our bitesize workshops or webinars soon.


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