The COVID-19 lockdown had an impact on us all. For those who were victims of domestic violence, however, the lockdown exacerbated their circumstances.
Within the first 3-weeks of the lockdown, 16 people were killed as a result of domestic violence. There was a 49% increase in calls to abuse helplines compared to the average.
The lockdown has really shone a light on the suffering of men, women, and children who find themselves in a violent home environment. That is why I, and many partners across Rushcliffe, have decided to raise awareness of the J9 Domestic Abuse mission.
The J9 initiative was set up in memory of Janine Mundy (AKA J9), a mother of 2, who was killed by her estranged husband. The J9 initiative aims to provide training to staff in the public and voluntary sectors to increase understanding and awareness surrounding the complex issue of domestic abuse.
The training aims to ensure that learners are equipped to respond appropriately and effectively to survivors of abuse and more survivors are able to access support.
Once staff have been J9 trained, the J9 logo is displayed on the organisation's premises, letting survivors know that they have a safe place to access information and use a telephone to contact support services.
Training is available for free from 2pm-5pm on the following dates: 5 November 2020, 13 November 2020, 17 November 2020, 25 November 2020.
To book training click here.