Somerset

North Somerset domestic abuse victims 'need more support'

Women in North Somerset who have suffered domestic abuse need more support, a report has said.

The study looked at 112 victims over the past five years and scrutinised the help they had received.

It identified a need for more understanding of victims' needs and called for money to be made available to the service.

A spokesman for North Somerset Council said it had not seen the report, compiled by a victims' support group.

The report by Survivors Empowering and Educating Domestic Abuse Services (Seeds) said overall feedback for domestic abuse services in North Somerset was positive.

But it called for a more consistent attitude from police, improved services for children who witness abuse and better education so that people can spot signs of domestic abuse earlier.

It also highlighted the need for training for professionals, for whom domestic abuse is not a specialism, but are likely to come into contact with victims.

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