Category domestic abuse

Domestic abuse service supports record numbers of young people

Somerset County Council’s domestic abuse service has supported a record number of young people seeking support during 2022/23. Somerset Integrated Domestic Abuse Service (SIDAS) helpline took 301 calls from people between the age of 16 – 20-year-olds since April last year, compared to 128 in 2021/22 – a nearly three times increase. Proportionately young people […]

Look out for the signs of domestic abuse this Christmas

Somerset County Council is urging the public and employers to look out for the signs of domestic abuse this Christmas. Whilst most people look forward to spending time with their loved ones at Christmas, for people experiencing domestic abuse the thought of being alone with their abuser can be a frightening time. Councillor Adam Dance, […]

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Domestic abuse expected to increase during the World Cup

Somerset County Council is urging people experiencing domestic abuse to seek help, at a time when incidents of domestic abuse are expected to rise. Data published by the National Centre for Domestic Violence highlights that incidents of Domestic Abuse increase by 26 percent if England play, 38 percent if England lose, and 11 percent the next […]

Council urges friends, family and employers to stand up to domestic abuse

As part of the ‘16 Days of Action on Domestic Abuse Campaign’, Somerset County Council is urging friends and family to be vigilant and stand up to domestic abuse. The international campaign, which runs from 25 November to 10 December, highlights the need for everyone to call out domestic abuse and act if they think […]

Employers’ toolkit launched to help tackle domestic abuse

To coincide with the international campaign, ‘Sixteen Days of Action’ against domestic abuse, (25 November – 10 December), Somerset County Council has launched a new toolkit for employers. The campaign encourages employers to play their part in tackling domestic abuse and learn how to spot signs that an employee may be in an abusive relationship. […]

10 signs of an unhealthy relationship

Whilst all relationships have their ups and downs, an unhealthy relationship is one where a partner or close family member shows behaviour that is disrespectful, controlling or even violent. An unhealthy relationship may be, or may lead to, domestic abuse and it is important to recognise the signs of unhealthy behaviours. 10 Signs of unhealthy/abusive […]

Successful joint funding bid to tackle violence against women and girls

Somerset County Council and North Somerset Council have jointly secured an additional £317,694 from the Home Office Safer Streets Fund to continue to make public spaces and streets safer for women and girls. This follows the success of the neighbouring councils’ 2021 campaign ‘It can stop if we change together’.  This raised awareness, tackled sexual […]

Children and young people help shape the new Children and Young People’s Plan for Somerset.

Children and young people from across the county have helped shaped Somerset’s new Children and Young People’s Plan, providing a link between what children have asked us to do and partners strategic priorities. The Children’s and Young People Plan has been co-produced by the Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership with children and young people and strategic […]

Funding secured for additional ISVAs and IDVAs in Avon and Somerset

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) has secured additional funding for three Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs) and three Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs) to further support victims across Avon and Somerset. Following a successful bidding process working with Local Authority partners, the OPCC will receive an additional £706,608 over a three […]

Tackling violence against women and girls together

North Somerset and Somerset County Councils have joined forces in a pledge to make public places and streets safer for women and girls. As part of the Safer Streets project the neighbouring councils launched a new campaign this week, ‘It can stop if we change together’ in a bid to raise awareness, tackle sexual harassment […]