Author Archives: Michael Wallis

Council’s campaign spreads awareness of elder abuse

Latest figures reveal that ten per cent of older people will experience some form of abuse from those around them – with social isolation identified as one of the leading factors. In a week which includes the annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and at a time when more older people are isolating due to […]

#NoClosedDoors2020 – suggested intranet and newsletter copy

More resources are available in the #NoClosedDoors2020 Media Centre. Suggested intranet copy: Domestic abuse -don’t suffer in silence, help is still available Restrictions imposed because of the pandemic may heighten domestic tensions and increase domestic abuse – for some people home is not always the safe place it should be. Whilst it is essential that […]

Unsure about domestic abuse? #NoClosedDoors2020 can help

Not everyone recognises they are in an abusive relationship and may worry about being at home or wonder what they might get wrong this time. Victims begin to doubt themselves and believe the abuse is their fault – or change their behaviour because they are worried how someone at home or a family member might […]

#NoClosedDoors2020 – video library

A selection of useful videos about living with domestic abuse and accessing help that is available. (More resources are available in the #NoClosedDoors2020 Media Centre.) More resources are available in the #NoClosedDoors2020 Media Centre.

#NoClosedDoors2020 – in the news

Don’t suffer in silence – help is at hand Somerset Newsroom – Somerset Live – Family Matters – Apple FM – West Somerset Citizens Advice Bureau – Minehead Town Council   Somerset pharmacies offer a safe place for victims of domestic abuse Somerset Newsroom – Tone News – ITV Westcountry – The Breeze – Apple […]

#NoClosedDoors2020 media centre

Help is still available for victims of domestic abuse – we need your help to spread the message. Restrictions imposed because of the pandemic may heighten domestic tensions and increase domestic abuse – for some people home is not always the safe place it should be. Calls to our domestic abuse helpline and visits to […]

#NoClosedDoors2020 photo library

A selection of emotive photographs that you can use in your media copy. (More resources are available at in our #NoClosedDoors2020 Media centre.) More resources are available in our #NoClosedDoors Media Centre.

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 […]

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 […]

Somerset pharmacies offer a safe place for victims of domestic abuse

People experiencing domestic abuse are now able to access local support through Somerset pharmacies thanks to a joint local initiative. Somerset County Council, the Clinical Commissioning Group and the Local Pharmaceutical Council have been working with pharmacies across the county to arrange for their consulting rooms to be available as a safe place, where anybody […]