Tag Archives: domestic abuse

No visible scars – not all domestic abuse is physical

Recognising the types and signs of domestic abuse Domestic abuse is often thought of as domestic violence, but abuse can take many forms and it can be hard to recognise even for those in abusive relationships. Somerset County Council’s #NoClosedDoors2020 campaign is encouraging us all to be vigilant and look out for the warning signs […]

Domestic abuse victims have an increased risk of suffering mental health issues

Following a recent study, Somerset County Council is urging people who are experiencing domestic abuse to seek their help to free themselves from abuse and so limit the long-term health effects that it may cause. The research, which was published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, was carried out by researchers from Birmingham University. It […]

If you are being abused – so are your children

Witnessing domestic abuse can have a devastating impact, both short and long-term, on your children. “If you are being abused – so are your children”, that is the message from Somerset County Council who are running a campaign, #NoClosedDoors2020, to spread awareness about the effects of domestic abuse. “If your children see or hear domestic […]

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’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 […]

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 […]

#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 […]