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Ryedale District Council holds event to help tackle domestic violence in the district

Ryedale District Council is holding an online event supported by IDAS to help tackle domestic violence in the district and help victims get the support they need.

Community organisations, voluntary groups and businesses are invited to attend an online workshop on Thursday 7 October from 10am until 11.30am.

The workshop led by Carmel Offord, Communications and Engagement Lead from IDAS is an opportunity for organisations in Ryedale to come together online to learn more about the services available for people suffering domestic abuse and how to access them.

The workshop will also provide organisations with a safe space to discuss what issues victims may face in accessing help, for example the remote areas Ryedale has, poor Broadband speed and rural public transport.

Margaret Wallace, Head of Customer Services and Communities for Ryedale District Council said:

“People often think that there’s not a problem with domestic abuse in Ryedale. Sadly, there is and we’re holding this workshop to look at the barriers victims may have in accessing support and how we can combat these. We’d encourage organisations to sign up and share ideas about how to engage with our community to help people get the support they need.”

Carmel Offord, spokesperson from IDAS explained:

“Ryedale is a beautiful area of Yorkshire, with some of the most picturesque villages and stunning landscapes. However, behind closed doors, life for some isn’t so idyllic. Domestic abuse can happen to anyone. Those living in rural communities can face barriers accessing support and can feel isolated from friends and family. During the recent lockdowns, many people will have been trapped by abusive partners with little respite or relief. We are deeply concerned about the risk faced by many victims of domestic abuse who may now be trying to seek support or escape their abusive partner or family member.
“We are holding this workshop with Ryedale District Council to ensure that everyone knows support is available and how to access it. We are inviting professionals and local businesses to join us to discuss the particular challenges that residents of Ryedale face so that we can work together to support survivors of domestic abuse. If you are concerned about your own relationship, or for someone you know, we would urge you to contact us for support. Our web site also has lots of helpful information and advice:”

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