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The silent sufferers: understanding the devastating effects of domestic abuse on children.

April 2, 2024

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Domestic abuse is a harrowing and deeply troubling issue that affects families globally. While much focus has rightfully been placed on the immediate impact on abused adults, the enduring consequences on children in the UK often go unnoticed. The Domestic…

Council urges vigilance against domestic abuse this Easter

March 25, 2024

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As families eagerly anticipate celebrating Easter at home, Somerset Council is calling on friends and family to be vigilant and stand up against domestic abuse during this holiday season.   Recognising that home may not always be a safe place for…

Spotlight on economic abuse – tactics that go beyond financial control

March 14, 2024

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Economic abuse is a common but frequently disregarded aspect of domestic abuse -a silent source of coercion, control, and dependency. Recognised under the Domestic Abuse Act 2021, it takes on subtle forms, manipulating a victim’s finances and seizing control over crucial resources, perpetuating a cycle of vulnerability and entrapment.  You can find…

Decoding the dilemma: Why people experiencing domestic abuse stay

March 7, 2024

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People experiencing domestic abuse frequently deal with a myriad of physical, emotional, psychological and even financial challenges. Why victims continue to live in abusive relationships is, for many, one of the most puzzling questions surrounding this issue.   Below we clarify…

Support has no age limit – addressing elder domestic abuse in Somerset.

February 29, 2024

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The Domestic Abuse Act of 2021 gives legal weight to elder domestic abuse, a problem that is frequently disregarded in familial or romantic settings. The act created a legal definition of domestic abuse. In summary, domestic abuse is where: both the…

From pixels to power – unveiling the digital battlefield of domestic abuse

February 21, 2024

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There is no denying that technology has a significant impact on our lives in this age of rapid technological innovation. Unquestionably, it has resulted in great developments, but it also has a negative aspect that is sometimes overlooked – it’s…

Bytes of safety – shielding against digital control in domestic abuse

February 21, 2024

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Although there are many advantages to technology, there is a chance that it will be used against victims of domestic abuse, aggravating their circumstances and causing more pain. We may find entertainment on modern technology, stay connected to friends and…

Gaslighting – what is it?

January 19, 2024

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Gaslighting is a damaging psychological manipulation technique, often found within abusive relationships. The original term gaslighting comes from the 1944 film “Gaslight,” adapted from the 1938 play “Gas Light” by Patrick Hamilton. In this blog, we will look into the…

The cost of living crisis – a catalyst for increasing levels of domestic abuse.

January 8, 2024

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In recent years the world has been grappling with an increasingly pressing issue – the cost of living crisis.   This crisis, characterised by soaring inflation, housing unaffordability, and stagnant wages, has far-reaching consequences that extend beyond economic hardship.   One of…

Beyond the bruises – Somerset’s new fight against non-physical domestic abuse

November 17, 2023

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A new campaign aims to raise the profile of lesser-known types of domestic abuse and encourage those who may not realise they are being abused to come forward for support and advice. Launching on White Ribbon Day and at the…

10 signs of an unhealthy relationship

September 6, 2023

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An unhealthy relationship is one where a partner or close family member shows abusive behaviour that is disrespectful, controlling or even violent. Whilst all relationships have their ups and downs an unhealthy relationship may be, or may lead to, domestic…

Healthy Teenage Relationships

August 30, 2023

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Young people experience the highest rates of domestic abuse of any age group. Regardless of whether they can access adult support, evidence suggests that young people need a different response from adults. Young people experience a complex transition from childhood…

Tech-Abuse – Fifteen ways to lock down your tech’

July 30, 2023

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Technology has massive benefits, particularly in a year where we have seen lockdowns and self-isolation, but for people experiencing domestic abuse, there is a risk it can be used to make their situation worse and increase harm. Modern technology has…

New emergency alerts – how to switch them off on a concealed phone

April 4, 2023

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On Sunday 23 April, the UK Government are testing a new emergency alert system. The new service will alert people if there is a nearby danger to life due to events such as: severe flooding fires extreme weather Alerts will…

Domestic abuse service supports record numbers of young people

February 14, 2023

Children and young people

Somerset Council’s domestic abuse service has supported a record number of young people seeking support during 2022/23. Somerset Integrated Domestic Abuse Service (SIDAS) helpline took 301 calls from people between the age of 16 – 20-year-olds since April last year,…

If you are being abused – so are your children

January 18, 2023

Children and young people

If your children see or hear domestic abuse it can have harmful physical and psychological effects, which can last for years, sometimes for life. Children who witness domestic abuse are at risk of suffering from emotional and behavioural problems as…

Look out for the signs of domestic abuse this Christmas

December 21, 2022

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Somerset Council is urging the public and employers to look out for the signs of domestic abuse this Christmas. Whilst most people look forward to spending time with their loved ones at Christmas, for people experiencing domestic abuse the thought…

Growing old with domestic abuse – it’s never too late to get help

December 16, 2022

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10% of older people will experience some form of domestic abuse and in Somerset, the number of people over 65 reporting abuse is on the increase. Social isolation has been identified as one of the leading contributors and, Somerset Council…

Domestic abuse expected to increase during the football

December 6, 2022

People experiencing domestic abuse are being urged to seek help, at a time when incidents of domestic abuse are expected to rise. Data published by the National Centre for Domestic Violence highlights that incidents of Domestic Abuse increase by 26%…

Friends, family and employers are being urged to stand up to domestic abuse

December 6, 2022

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Somerset Council is urging friends and family to be vigilant and stand up to domestic abuse. The plea which first went out during the international campaign ’16 Days of Action’, which runs from 25 November to 10 December, has seen,…