Abuse Awareness Week to be marked in Highbridge
event will be held in Highbridge on Wednesday (November 21st)
to encourage people not to suffer domestic abuse in silence.
Throughout Domestic Abuse Week (19th to 23rd November) Somerset
County Council and NHS Somerset are supporting awareness events
and information displays across Somerset.
Highbridge, there will be a display stand, talk and information
at the town's Asda supermarket from 10am-2pm.
Men suffer from domestic abuse as well as women and recent figures
show that one in four women and one in six men will experience
it at some point in their lives.
Christine Lawrence, Somerset County Councils Cabinet member
for Health and Adult Social Care, said: "Domestic abuse is
often described as a 'hidden crime' because it goes on behind
closed doors and is often never talked about or reported."
victim may not even know they are suffering abuse. Or they may
be protecting family members and wont put them at risk,
or they could be just too frightened to seek help. That is why
it is so important that sufferers of abuse know the signs and
symptoms and where they can seek help and support."
Louise Finnis, Health Promotion Manager with NHS Somerset, added:
"If you, or someone you know, are in an abusive relationship
there are three steps you must take. Learn to recognise when it
is happening. Accept that you - or the person you know - are not
to blame and seek help and support."
"It is important that no-one suffers in silence with domestic
abuse. Here in Somerset there is a domestic abuse free phone line
that anyone who is concerned about domestic abuse can use, whether
it's because they're directly experiencing domestic abuse themselves,
or are a concerned friend or relative. The confidential line will
put you in contact with the appropriate help and advice."
The confidential Somerset Domestic Abuse FreeFone Support line
is on 0800 694 9999 and is open 24 hours. It is answered by Chapter
1, Somersets Integrated Domestic Abuse Service.
Top, left to right, Susan Venn-Adams (Police Community Support
Officer), Mary Coulson (Soroptimist), Lori Busch (Mankind Initiative)
and Heather Pearce (Chair of the Somerset Domestic Abuse Forum)