People Suffering Abuse

Domestic abuse is any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse. It may be psychological, physical, sexual or financial.  It can be between adults who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.

 Behaviours used by a perpetrator of domestic abuse can include:

  • Destructive criticism
  • Humiliation
  • Jealousy
  • Blaming
  • Name calling
  • Destroying possessions
  • Harassment
  • Threatening
  • Stalking
  • Using physical violence  

These behaviours are used by the perpetrator of the abuse to gain power and control. As a result, you may have lost confidence, feel depressed and have low self esteem and self worth. There are services available locally, who can help you to regain control of your life.

There is help available if you are suffering domestic abuse.

  • There are refuges and safe houses throughout the area and nationally, who may be able to offer safe, temporary accommodation to you and your children.
  • There are behavioural change programmes and support services for all high-risk victims of domestic abuse within Somerset.
  • There is a specialist domestic abuse investigation team within the West Somerset Police force with especially trained officers available to help you.
  • Local family solicitors may be able to help you access protective orders through court and can help you to arrange safe contact between children and the perpetrator of abuse where suitable.
  • Your GP or health visitor can support you and your children with on-going difficulties that you may experience because of the abuse you have suffered or continue to suffer, this includes both your physical and psychological needs.
  • The local Domestic Abuse Freephone Service (0800 69 49 999) can provide free anonymous advice to anyone suffering domestic abuse and put you in touch with relevant services if needed.
  • You can find contact details for organisations that can help you to the right.

Other useful pages (external links) -

Counselling Directory a confidential website that encourages those in distress to seek help -

Refuge's network of safe houses provides emergency accommodation for women and children when they are most in need -

Men's Advice Line offers support and advice for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse -

Samaritans is a national charity open 24 hours a day 365 days a year. If there's something troubling you, then get in touch - 

Victim support are a national charity giving free and confidential advice to victims of crime, their family and friends - 

Support for Male Victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence -

Women's Aid is the key national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children. We support a network of over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the UK -