Somerset Drop-In Service
Time: Every Monday* – 11am to 2pm (no appointment necessary)
Venue: Flook House, Belvedere Road, Taunton, TA1 1BT
Our Door is Open
Our drop in service helps men who are experiencing domestic violence and abuse.
We offer a welcoming environment; we’ll listen to you, support you and provide information to help keep you safe.
Who is it for?
The drop in service is available to all adult (18+) male victims/survivors of domestic abuse, regardless of race, religion, sexuality or disability.
How can the drop in service help male victims of domestic abuse?
We support you, listen to you, and provide impartial information on a one-to-one basis. Our Independent Domestic Violence Adviser can discuss options with you to help you stay safe.
We provide information and explain what help is available for you and other family members. This could include assistance with finding a refuge or safehouse, signposting to counselling and other appropriate services.
How to use this service
You don’t need to be referred to use our service. Simply drop in to our weekly session.
Our drop in service is for men who are experiencing domestic violence and abuse.
Our Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) works with male victims/survivors of domestic violence and abuse, honour based violence, forced marriage and also female genital mutilation (FGM), by helping fathers to protect their daughters. Our goal is to help you reduce the risk and keep you safe.
What is domestic violence / abuse?
Domestic abuse is a criminal offence and may include any of the following types of abuse:
- Coercive Control
Domestic abuse is not just physical and emotional, and psychological abuse is harder to recognise and less obvious.
Whilst the service will seek to maintain your confidentiality throughout the work we do, there are times when we need to share information with other agencies. Information sharing among agencies is an important part of coordinating actions to maximise the safety of victims/survivors and their families.
We will always look to have your consent, but if we believe that seeking consent may put you or another adult at risk of serious harm, or where a child or young person may be at risk, we may have to breach confidentiality. This is not an easy decision, and not something we ever do lightly.
You can always call our helpline
The ManKind Initiative provides help and support for male victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence.
Our confidential helpline is open weekdays 10am to 4pm.
Helpline 01823 334244
Always call 999 if you are in immediate danger
Leaflets and Posters
Copies of Leaflets and Posters for this service can be found below. Please feel free to download, print or forward.
If you would like hard copies of the leaflets and posters, please email email@example.com
This service has kindly been funded in partnership with Taunton Women’s Aid
Our thanks to Danny Gosling of Thinkography (www.thinkography.com) for his support in the production of these leaflets and posters.
*except bank holidays