Author Archives: Michael Wallis

Campaign is ‘busting the myths’ about domestic abuse

Our domestic abuse campaign, #NoClosedDoors2020, is ‘busting the myths’ around domestic abuse and what causes it. There are many dangerous myths surrounding domestic abuse. The campaign is challenging some of those most extensively believed and deep-seated misconceptions. Below are some of the most common misunderstandings about domestic abuse: Myth: Domestic abuse only occurs in impoverished, […]

Council webinar to support local businesses

Somerset County Council will present online the work that they are doing with partners to help local businesses stay safe, recover and grow as the county eases further out of lockdown. The Council and partners are hosting a live webinar next Wednesday (22 July), free of charge at 7pm and open to any Somerset business […]

Council welcomes funding boost to support victims of domestic abuse

Somerset County Council has welcomed the news their domestic abuse service is set to receive a share of a half million-pound fund to support local services. The Council’s service provider, The You Trust, is one of 17 local support services who help victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence, which will benefit from […]

More libraries open for order-and-collect

The phased reopening of Somerset’s libraries is continuing next week with a collection service introduced from even more buildings. Library buildings in Frome, Yeovil, Minehead and Bridgwater will open for the order-and-collect service from Monday 13 July, with members able to choose up to 10 books for collection. Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet […]

Your Somerset, Summer 2020 – out now…

The latest edition of Your Somerset is hitting doorsteps across the county and available to download now. It’s full of information about how the Council is, and will continue to, support the county during the current health pandemic. This edition also showcases how the county council and the district councils have been working together to […]

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 FM […]