Abuse Awareness Week to be marked in Highbridge
special event will be held in Highbridge on Monday (November 21st)
to mark Domestic Abuse Awareness Week.
largely hidden and emotive issue of domestic abuse will be in
the spotlight next week when organisations across Somerset participate
in Domestic Abuse Awareness Week.
displays and representatives from the Somerset Domestic Abuse
Forum will be Asda supermarket in Highbridge on Monday 21st November
from 10am to 12pm.
abuse is defined as 'any incident of threatening behaviour, violence
or abuse between adults who are or have been intimate partners
or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.'
year, Avon and Somerset Police recorded 5,144 incidents in total
across Somerset with 1,694 people being arrested.
Finnis, a Public Health Advisor with NHS Somerset, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Domestic abuse is still an issue which people are very reluctant
to acknowledge, let alone talk about."
its impact upon the health and well being of women, men and children
is far reaching and often profoundly damaging."
police and other statutory agencies take the issue very seriously,
but we recognise that fear and intimidation within abusive relationships
often means victims will often suffer in silence for years."
abuse occurs across all sections of society. It could be between
a husband and wife, a partner, or after couples separate. However,
we hope to raise awareness of the issue and show people that there
is help and support available here in Somerset."
raising events are taking place throughout the week in Taunton,
Yeovil, Bridgwater, Highbridge, Glastonbury, Street, Porlock,
Dunster, Minehead, Stogursey, Carhampton, Weddon Cross and Wellington.
is also a Domestic Abuse Freefone Support Line on 0800 69 49 999
and information and support is also available from the Somerset
Survivors web site here.