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Do you want to find groups and support in the community that might help you improve your health and wellbeing? You can find lots of local support from charities to social groups in the Health Connections Mendip Directory.
The Somerset Phoenix Team offer a Peer Support Group called the New Beginnings Group. The group is designed for parents / carers to give them a better understanding of the effects that sexual abuse can have on children. The content of the group will cover topics such as the science of emotions and how emotions impact on behaviour, how the brain functions and how brain pathways impacted by negative experiences have the potential to be repaired.
Two Specialist Support Workers will facilitate the group. Due to the nature and content the group will be kept small. If more people express an interest than available places then their name will be put on a waiting list. In case anyone is no longer able to attend their names will be put forward for the next group.
We realise that attending a group can be an anxious experience so a drop in session will be organised prior to the group starting. By meeting the facilitators and seeing the venue beforehand we hope that it may help to reduce any anxieties they may have.
A follow up drop in session after the course has finished will also be offered.
We aim to prevent the abuse of older people by raising awareness; encouraging education; promoting research and collecting and disseminating information.
To talk to someone about domestic abuse contact the Somerset Domestic Abuse Support helpline on 0800 69 49 999. Opening Hours are 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm Saturday/Sunday. Outside of these hours the line is automatically redirected to the National 24hr Domestic Abuse helpline. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please always call the Police on 999.
Somerset Partnership have put together self help guides on a number of topics including domestic violence.
Mankind Initiative is a charity supporting male victims of domestic abuse
Up-dated to reflect Covid-19 May 2020)
SARSAS is a specialist support service for people in this area who have experienced any form of sexual violence, at any point in their lives. SARSAS offer a confidential helpline, regular support sessions, counselling, email support to individuals and an advocacy service.
SARSAS’s services have become non-contact in response to the coronavirus pandemic. All victim-survivors of sexual violence can use our helpline and e-support services, and, women (with their prior permission) can be referred to SARSAS by an agency or professional. Our overall goal is to make our services as flexible, agile and accessible as possible by removing as many barriers as we possibly can.
Our helpline numbers are 0808 801 0456 and 0808 801 0464 and are open to any victim-survivor.
Monday: 11pm – 2pm, Tuesday: 12pm – 2pm and 6pm – 8pm, Wednesday: 12pm – 2pm and 6pm – 8pm, Thursday: 12pm – 2pm and 6pm – 8pm & Friday: 11pm – 2pm
We have significantly increased the capacity of our confidential e-support service. This service is provided by trained staff via e-mail and offers confidential, practical and emotional support. Victim-survivors can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our support team will aim to get back to them within a working day.
All counselling sessions are now being offered online or over the telephone.
Stalking is a pattern of repeated and persistent unwanted behaviour that is intrusive and engenders fear, it is when one person becomes fixated or obsessed with another and the attention is unwanted. Threats may not be made but victims may still feel scared. Importantly threats are not required for the criminal offence of stalking to be prosecuted.
The Green House provides free individual counselling to women, men, children and young people who have experienced sexual abuse or rape at any point in their lives. Free counselling for up to 24 sessions but sessions take place in Bristol. Adults can self refer; please contact for details of how to refer children.