Don’t let a friend suffer behind closed doors

Are you worried that a friend, colleague or family member might be suffering domestic abuse? Somerset County Council is encouraging people to get confidential help and advice on how they can help.

With domestic abuse affecting 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men in their lifetime, the chances are we all know someone who is suffering behind closed doors.

As part of their #NoClosedDoors2020 campaign they are encouraging everyone to be vigilant and look out for the warning signs in the behaviour of the people around them.

Some signs of abuse will appear to be obvious; such as unexplained injuries or someone being publicly, sometimes aggressively, criticised by a partner or family member. There are some more subtle, hidden signs of abuse though; for example, someone receiving constant text messages from a partner or being told who they can see or what they can wear.

Your first reaction may be to jump in and protect that person, but, dealing with it on your own could be dangerous and could even expose them to further abuse.

That said, you really can make a difference, and you truly may be their only path to a life free from their abuser.

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, worried about someone you know, or are concerned about the impact of your behaviour towards others, then help is available: www.somersetsurvivors.org.uk or by telephoning 0800 49 69 999.

In an emergency you should always dial 999, if you are worried that an abuser may overhear your call you can remain silent and dial 55 for help.

Please help us make a difference – spread the word about our campaign to help people who are being abused behind closed doors – search #NoClosedDoors2020 on Google and repost/retweet the messages and articles on your social media accounts in case any of your friends and followers are experiencing domestic abuse.