York restaurant raises thousands for domestic abuse charity

2:26pm 27th June 2017

The Rattle Owl restaurant on Micklegate, York, has raised over £3000 for IDAS.

Restaurant owner and lawyer, Clarrie O’Callaghan, choose to support the charity as she understands the devastating impact domestic abuse has on people’s lives and wanted to make a difference.

Clarrie O’Callaghan started the country’s first femicide census with Karen Ingala-Smith and Women’s Aid.

The census records the number of women killed by men.

In the UK, over 100 women are killed by a violent partner; as many as two per week.

In North Yorkshire, the police receive over 10,000 reports of domestic abuse every year.

IDAS are the largest specialist domestic abuse charity in Yorkshire, also supporting people who have experienced sexual violence. IDAS received over 4000 referrals last year, supporting over 3000 families.

Clarrie O’Callaghan says

“IDAS provide a critical service to thousands of people around North Yorkshire every year that literally saves lives.

Everyone can do their bit to support the work that IDAS do in York and the surrounding area.

At The Rattle Owl, as well as raising money for IDAS, all diners get a card with IDAS details and their website address which may prove to be a lifeline for them or a loved one.

The business community can facilitate access to information about local domestic abuse services, we all have a role to play in working to end domestic abuse and sexual violence.”

Sarah Hill, IDAS CEO said:

“We are very grateful to Clarrie, Lucy and the team at the Rattle Owl for their generous donation and continued support.

This donation will make a difference to the lives of children and their parents who have fled domestic abuse and are now living in our refuge accommodation.

We welcome support from the community in both raising awareness of domestic abuse and funds to support people who are affected.

Giving staff, customers and colleagues our details can indeed be a lifeline for someone affected.

We would encourage anyone who would like to support us or who has been impacted by domestic abuse to get in touch.”

In York, North Yorkshire and Barnsley, anyone affected by domestic abuse, sexual abuse or sexual violence can call the IDAS 24hour helpline on 03000 110 110. IDAS have trained advisors who can provide non-judgemental, practical and emotional support. In an Emergency always dial 999.