THE LORD Mayor of York visited a domestic violence charity in the city to mark International Women's Day.

Cllr Barbara Boyce visited the IDAS centre in Blossom Street and the charity's refuge, and said it was "enlightening" to see how victims of domestic abuse are supported.

She said: "These crimes can affect anyone, from babies to grandparents, from any social background or educational level.

"What unites them is that they have suffered physically or emotionally at the hands of somebody they once loved and trusted. If you or anyone you know needs help please get in touch with them. They are always on the look out for people to help them with their fundraising as well."

Sarah Hill, CEO of IDAS, said: "The Lord Mayor met with members of staff and residents in our refuge and discussed the work that we do. We hope that by raising awareness of our services we can encourage more people to access support."

Anyone concerned about domestic abuse should phone 03000 110110.