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Protecting the vulnerable in our communities

Information about how we can help protect the vulnerable in Sedgemoor.

Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is: 'Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.' It can include harassment, forced marriage, honour-based violence and female genital mutilation.

Domestic abuse occurs across all of society, regardless of age, gender, race, sexuality, wealth or geography.

In an emergency call Avon and Somerset Police on 999, if it is not an emergency but a crime has taken place call the Police on 101.

Somerset Integrated Domestic Abuse Services (SIDAS) can be contacted freephone on 0800 694 9999, they offer a single point of contact for confidential advice and support to any person concerned about domestic abuse in Somerset at:  Somerset County Council Domestic Abuse

The Somerset Survivors website also provides information, help and support for anyone affected by domestic abuse as well as a directory of local and national services:  Somerset Survivors

A free 24hr national helpline is available by calling the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 200 0247.

For more detailed information on domestic abuse, please visit the  Somerset County Council's safer communities page and for further advice/guidance in the related documents below.

Domestic Homicide Review

Since 2011, the Safer Somerset Partnership has had a responsibility for undertaking Domestic Homicide Reviews where the death of a person aged 16 or over has, or appears to have resulted from violence, abuse or neglect by a relative, household member or someone s/he had been in an intimate relationship with. For further details on the domestic homicide review process and details of reviews undertaken please visit  Somerset Survivors Domestic Homicide Reviews

Counter Terrorism

As we all go about our daily business, it is important to stay vigilant and be aware of the threat of a terrorist attack. Avon and Somerset Constabulary have produced information and advice to raise awareness of this, see below.

If you encounter material on the internet which you think may be illegal, offensive or linked to extremist behaviour, you can report it online  GOV.UK/Report terrorism online, Anti-Terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

We provide a link below to an information leaflet to make you aware of a POTENTIAL risk to communities from extremism and terrorism. It has not been prompted by an incident in the community. Somerset County Council have devised the leaflet to offer advice and reassurance. Somerset remains a low risk area for terrorism and a safe place to live. If you want to know more, please have a look at the websites listed in the leaflet.

If you would like to know more information about preventing counter terrorism in Somerset, please visit the following webpage Somerset County Council Prevent in Somerset

HATE Crime

A hate crime is any incident where you, or someone else, has been targeted because they or you are believed to be different, or it is any incident you believe was motivated by:

  • race,
  • colour,
  • ethnic origin, nationality or national origins
  • religion or faith
  • gender or gender identity
  • sexual orientation or sexual identity
  • disability. 

Incidents may involve verbal abuse, harassment, attacks, damage to your property, bullying or graffiti.

Hate crime can be confusing and frightening. By reporting it, you may be able to prevent these crimes from happening to someone else.

For more information & advice, please visit  SARI (Stand Against Racial Inequality), Freephone: 0800 171 2272, Email:

In an emergency phone Avon and Somerset Police on 999.

A Voice

A Voice is a free, independent and confidential advocacy service for victims of crime or anti-social behaviour run by the Care Forum in association with SEAP (Support, Empower, Advocate, Promote) and SARI (Stand Against Racism and Inequality).

A Voice can advocate for an individual they are over 18 years old, live in the Avon and Somerset Police force area and has one or more of the following:

  • Issues with their mental health
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Physical Disabilities or
  • Become a victim because of their age, race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and belief

A Voice Advocate can help individuals:

  • Understand the criminal justice process and their rights within it
  • Access services to help them cope and recover from the crime
  • Explore their options with them and support their decision-making
  • Get practical help from other agencies by working with them on their behalf
  • Make informed decisions by offering guidance and information
  • Get their voice heard
pdf Stay aware and stay safe leaflet [350.18KB] pdf Domestic abuse free helpline information [214.67KB] pdf Protect Yourself - A Guide to Personal Security [5.17MB] pdf Preventing Radicalisation & Extremism in Somerset [104.24KB] pdf Practical Tips from SARI - Responding to Hate Crime [254.67KB]