Holiday parks asked to help halt domestic violence
09:21 18 May 2013
The J9 campaign is rolled out to caravan sites and holiday parks in the Ilfracombe and Woolacombe area.
THE J9 initiative to help prevent domestic abuse is being extended to holiday parks in the Ilfracombe and Woolacombe areas.
At a launch last Wednesday, park owners were invited to sign up to the scheme, which asks premises to display the distinctive J9 logo, letting victims of domestic abuse know they can drop in unannounced to make a telephone call or seek support.
The campaign has already taken hold in other communities, including Braunton, South Molton and Torrington.
It was launched in memory of Janine ‘J9’ Mundy from Cornwall, a mother of two young boys who was murdered by her husband in 2003.
Police have said that last year a large number of domestic incidents related to caravan or holiday parks across the Ilfracombe and Woolacombe areas.
“The idea is that victims of domestic abuse, even while on holiday, will recognise the symbol and be able to access the services and support they require,” said PCSO Vicki Randall, who together with PCSO Ade Drury is co-ordinating the holiday park launch.
“We can provide access to services and support for potential victims who are not familiar with the area and ultimately prevent any serious incidents occurring on our parks during the coming seasons.”
The idea of J9 is to make it a ‘lifeline’ for victims in everyday places away from the control of an abusive partner, giving them an opportunity to talk, use the telephone or even just enjoy a respite.
Any holiday park or accommodation owners that want to find out more about J9 can call 101 and ask to speak to their local police community support officer.