Unsure about domestic abuse? #NoClosedDoors2020 can help

Are you unsure whether a person’s behaviour towards you or someone you know is domestic abuse?

Somerset County Council has launched a campaign, #NoClosedDoors2020, which is spreading the word about the different types of abuse, the signs to look out for and where to get support – empowering victims to find a route out of cycles of abuse.

Not everyone recognises that they are in an abusive relationship. You may worry about going home, wonder what you might get wrong this time.

You may doubt yourself, believe it’s your entire fault. Are you changing your behaviour because you are worried about how someone at home might react? Not all abuse is physical.

If you or someone you care about is experiencing abuse, help is still, and will continue to be available

Whilst there are varying definitions of what domestic abuse is, the government define it as:

“Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.”

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone regardless of race, ethnic or religious group, class, disability, lifestyle, nationality or age and can take many forms:

  • Physical and sexual abuse
  • Financial/economic abuse
  • Coercive control and ‘gaslighting’
  • Psychological abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Harassment
  • Online abuse
  • Verbal abuse

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 69 49 999.

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.,