Somerset Domestic Abuse Services

Domestic abuse can affect everyone – whether directly through being in an abusive relationship, or through witnessing a friend or relative experiencing abuse.  It can affect people of all ages – children to the elderly.

Somerset County Council (SCC) on behalf of the Safer Somerset Partnership develops the Somerset Interpersonal Violence Strategy and also organises local services to support people affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence. 

What is Domestic Abuse?

In March 2013, the definition of domestic abuse expanded to:

“Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality”

Abuse can include:

·         Psychological

·         Physical

·         Sexual

·         Financial

·         Emotional

Domestic abuse services are due to be reviewed in 2014/15 and the Interpersonal Violence Strategy is in the process of being updated. 

We would like your views to inform both the new strategy (2014-17), and also to consider what are services are most important.  The current Interpersonal Violence Strategy and associated Action Plan are available below.  Please click on the 'respond by filling in the online questionnaire' link below to participate.

This consultation has now closed.


  • Opened
    17 Mar 2014 at 00:00
  • Closed
    25 Apr 2014 at 23:59

Consultation Documents


Contact Details

Suzanne Harris

Senior Commissioning Officer

Adults and Health Commissioning

Somerset County Council

01823 357836