An initiative is under way in Rochford to increase support available for those who are experiencing domestic abuse.
With funding from Sanctuary Housing and Rochford Community Safety Partnership (CSP), Rayleigh and Rochford Association for Voluntary Service (RRAVS) is calling on the community to back their domestic abuse awareness campaign called J9.
Coinciding with Domestic Abuse Awareness Week 2018, which runs from 26 to 30 November, Safer Places will deliver training sessions for ‘ambassadors’ who want to learn how to give the right information to those who are experiencing abuse.
It is hoped that 10 businesses and local community groups will become ‘safe places’ where J9 stickers can be displayed in the windows to indicate information points for victims to use the internet, phone or ask for help.
J9, which also runs in other parts of the UK, is named in memory of Janine Mundy, a mother from Cornwall who was killed by her husband in 2003. Janine used to sign her text messages J9.
Victoria Marzouki, manager at RRAVS, said: “Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of gender or sexuality.
“We want more people to know how to signpost those who are experiencing incidents or patterns of controlling, coercive, threatening or abusive behaviour, or physical violence.”
Chris Silvey, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, commented: “A supportive community can make a big difference to our residents and get them access to the services they need.
“I would urge anyone who wants to help to attend a training session.”
To book your place on a training session, call 01702 546366 and ask for the Community Safety team or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safer Places will have a stall at Rochford market on Tuesday 27 November and Rayleigh market on Wednesday 28 November, where people can find out more about the project.
In addition, information on J9 will be given out at the Rayleigh Christmas lights switch-on on Thursday 29 November, in conjunction with RRAVS.
Leaflets will also be delivered to libraries, community centres, council offices and church groups throughout Rochford, with details on how to support.
This project is part-funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.