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#16Days of action to help combat domestic abuse

Wednesday November 27th, 2019

Somerset County Council is backing a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of domestic violence in a bid to end it.Government Opportunities

Sixteen Days of Action against domestic abuse started this week (Monday 25 November) and runs until Monday 10 December.
Working with partners, including health and police professionals, the Council wants to raise awareness of domestic abuse, its different forms and highlight local help available.

Domestic violence is violent, aggressive or emotional behaviour used to intimidate and control a person. It does not have to occur in the home, and it does not only concern partners. It could be mother to daughter, for example.

It also doesn’t have to be physical – emotional abuse is control of one person over another. The perpetrator takes away all decisions of the person, undermines their confidence and personal identity, which can lead to feelings of worthlessness.

As well as encouraging anyone experiencing domestic abuse to seek help, the campaign also encourages employers, friends and family to be vigilant and ‘look, listen, ask … ask again’ if they have concerns about someone they fear may be in an abusive relationship.

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, are concerned about family or friends – or are an employer wanting to support staff – the Somerset Survivors website www.somersetsurvivors.org.uk has lots of useful information, advice and support including downloadable guides.

A confidential helpline is also available at 0800 69 49 999 or email heretohelp@livewest.co.uk If you know someone is in immediate danger, always call the police on 999.

Follow #16Days on Somerset County Council’s Twitter and Facebook throughout the campaign.

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