Shops, businesses and organisations asked to sign up to the J9 campaign.

BRAUNTON has become the latest area to invite businesses and organisations to sign up to a campaign to help halt domestic violence.

The J9 campaign asks local 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 was launched in memory of Janine ‘J9’ Mundy from Cornwall, a mother of two young boys who was murdered by her husband in 2003.

Her family have been staunch supporters of the initiative in the hope it will raise awareness and help other victims escape their abusers before it is too late.

Premises such as health centres, pharmacies, hairdressers and even schools are all places abuse victims may be ‘allowed’ to attend by their controlling partners.

No one needs to give their name, but staff will be able to let them have access to a private telephone, as well as provide helpful information and a list of useful contact numbers for agencies that can offer support.

At Wednesday’s launch in Braunton’s St Brannocks Rooms, representatives from various organisations heard how one in four women and one in seven men experience domestic violence.

“If someone needs help, they will know where they can go if you display one of the J9 logos in your shop window, door or wherever,” said Adele Smale, police domestic abuse officer.

“If we can help even one person, it is worth it.”

Vanessa Billing, helping to lead the local campaign, added: “It can be a lifeline for somebody who can’t see help, who is so controlled in their life by their partner that they have no other opportunity to seek help.”

Braunton organisations that want to find out more about the J9 campaign can call 101 and ask to speak to their local police community support officer.