PFCC helps to provide free domestic abuse awareness training
Training sessions to help spot signs of domestic abuse and support those affected are available through the J9 Domestic Abuse Initiative.
J9 training is open to professionals and anyone working in the community, helping them to recognise domestic abuse and respond to survivors.
The free, hour-long awareness raising sessions 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 a J9 information pack that they can make available to anyone to who might need it. The pack has a wealth of information on local and national support services, and what help people are entitled to.
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.
Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “Breaking the cycle of domestic abuse is one of the priorities in our Police and Crime Plan. Working together with partners across the county, our objective is to help those who suffer in silence and reduce the impact on children and families. The J9 training helps people recognise the signs and indicators of domestic abuse and gives victims confidence that they will get the help and support they need. It really is a great initiative and one that we are proud to support.”
The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex has previously awarded the J9 Initiative with £20,000 of funding from the Community Safety Development Fund.
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.
If you would like to attend a J9 training session or would like more information, please contact:
To find out more about the Community Safety Development Fund and how you could apply for funding to help community safety issues in your area click through to the page.
Applications for the latest round of funding close on February 10th.