Coronavirus has prompted a huge surge in domestic abuse, yet victims of abuse are reporting difficulty in accessing help and support.
Many of us are spending more time at home and may be concerned about neighbours or friends. We might be volunteering and visiting people in their homes, where we are the only people they see, but would we know how to recognise and respond to domestic abuse?
Spot the signs of domestic abuse
Training sessions to help spot signs of domestic abuse and support those affected are available through the J9 Domestic Abuse Initiative.
In the UK, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime and 2 women a week are killed by a partner/ex-partner. During the pandemic, numbers have soared even further with police recording 64 domestic homicides between January and June 2020.
J9 training available
J9 training open to professionals and anyone working in the community helps them to recognise domestic abuse and respond to survivors.
The free, hour-long awareness raising sessions will equip attendees with the tools to recognise abuse, respond appropriately and help people access the support they need.
Following the training attendees are given a badge, lanyard and/or stickers to identify themselves or their workplace as a J9 champion. They also receive access to a J9 information pack that they can make available to anyone who might need it.
The pack has a wealth of information on local and national support services, and what help people are entitled to.
Know how to react
Abusers isolate their victims making it difficult, if not impossible, to seek help. By empowering members of the community to know how to react we can ensure that more people have access to the help they need.
What is J9?
The J9 initiative is named in memory of Janine Mundy, who was killed by her estranged husband whilst he was on Police bail. It was started by her family and the local police in Cambourne, Cornwall, where she lived and aims to raise awareness of domestic abuse and assist victims to access help and support. We remain in contact with her family who give their full support.
If you would like to attend a J9 training session or would like more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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