Somerset raises awareness of domestic abuse within families

Somerset County Council is supporting a campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse within families during a regional awareness week.

The campaign aims to highlight that domestic abuse isn’t always between partners and that an increasingly common form of abuse is from adult children.

Although arguments are a part of everyday life, abusive or violent behaviour from a child of any age is not acceptable.

A mother or father living with abusive behaviour from their son or daughter often find it difficult to ask for help because of a fear of feeling like a failing parent or putting their child at risk. In fact, by seeking help and support from services, they are taking the first step in improving their relationship with their child, as well as potentially saving their own life.

Cllr Anna Groskop, Cabinet Member with a responsibility for health, said: “Domestic abuse within families is under-reported and many victims stay silent. We want to raise awareness that adult children can be abusive and there is help available. Steps can be taken to help heal relationships or deal with any underlying issues that may be causing the behaviour.”

Somerset Council is reaching out to the general public to raise awareness of domestic abuse between family members, with the message ‘abusive or violent behaviour from a son or daughter is domestic abuse’.

If you need support or advice on domestic abuse call the Somerset Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0800 69 49 999 or visit the Somerset County Council run website: http://www.somersetsurvivors.org.uk. In an emergency call 999.

Devon and Somerset Councils have joined forces to launch the campaign ‘Domestic abuse isn’t always between partners’ as part of a regional Domestic Abuse Awareness Week and an international 16 Days of Action against abuse of women, also known as White Ribbon Day.