Look out for the pink J9 heart, but what does it mean?
30th November 2020
The J9 heart is being displayed in venues across Three Rivers District to identify safe spaces within local businesses for anyone experiencing domestic abuse, to access information and use a telephone to contact support services.
We currently have 21 businesses and services signed up to the initiative. A list of local J9 locations, where Community Champions can be found, is on the Three District Council webpage: TRDC Sunflower J9. The J9 Domestic Abuse Initiative was developed in memory of Janine Mundy, a mother killed by her estranged husband. "J9" is how Janine used to sign her text messages. The initiative was started by her family and Police in Cornwall where she lived and has since been rolled out Country wide and we are proud to introduce this across Three Rivers.
Wednesday 25th November saw the start of our 16 day call to action to raise awareness of Domestic Abuse and the support available. Look out on Three Rivers District Council’s Social Media for a selection of short videos, local information and support.
Domestic abuse affects men and women of all ages and backgrounds. It is not just violence, it can include psychological, emotional, sexual, financial or other abuse. Perpetrators may use the current social isolation measures to exert further control over their victims.
Councillor Sarah Nelmes, Leader of Three Rivers District Council, said: “Domestic Abuse is a high priority for the Three Rivers Community Safety Partnership. For some of our residents the current 'Stay Home' message may exacerbate and escalate domestic abuse.Even in the current situation, you can leave your home to escape domestic abuse."
Domestic Abuse will affect 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men in their lifetime.
It's not always easy to know who to contact, where to go and what your options are. Coercive control is a factor in many abusive relationships and perpetrators of abuse will actively shut down opportunities for survivors to access support. J9 opens the door to support and creates a network of safe places for survivors to speak out and get help.
Cllr Roger Seabourne added: “For the last four years Three Rivers District Council has commissioned Herts Mind Network to deliver the local Domestic Abuse Service, which provides individual and holistic support to those experiencing domestic abuse. Community Champions are another great initiative to support our residents, effective partnership working is vital to deliver such an important service to those experiencing abuse.”
For more information about becoming a “Community Champion” please visit hertssunflower.org and attend training. This will allow staff to have a better understanding of what domestic abuse is and be able to provide information. People attending this training are not expected to provide advice, guidance or support on domestic abuse.
Please visit threerivers.gov.uk/domesticabuse for more information.