Domestic Violence

Domestic violence, also called domestic abuse, includes physical, emotional and sexual abuse in couple relationships or between family members.

Domestic violence can happen against anyone, and anybody can be an abuser.

The NHS website ( has advice online for the public on spotting the signs for domestic abuse and domestic violence and where to go for help. 

The freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline number is 0808 2000 247 and associated online support available at

Coronavirus & Lockdown 

Support is, and will continue to be, available for people experiencing domestic abuse during the Coronavirus lockdown.

Somerset County Council’s domestic abuse providers have joined with Avon and Somerset Police to plan the robust provision in place to help people at this challenging time.

If you are experiencing domestic abuse or you know someone who is help is available:

  • Somerset Domestic Abuse website

  • Call your local confidential domestic abuse helpline on 0800 69 49 999

  • If you or someone you care about is in immediate danger, please call 999 and ask for the police


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