Scheme to combat domestic violence

South Molton rural initiative to offer support service to victims.

POLICE and local businesses are joining forces to help tackle domestic violence issues in South Molton.

Firms are being asked to display information and offer support to those in rural areas who may not have access to specialised outreach services.

Around 20 businesses in the town, as well as several in Chulmleigh and Witheridge, have been asked to get involved with the J9 initiative, being launched in memory of domestic abuse victim Janine Mundy.

PC Graham James, of South Molton Police Station, said all the businesses approached had been very supportive.

“These are the type of places that perpetrators may ‘allow’ their victims to attend,” he said.

“Victims would then be able to access the relevant support services in a private and confidential arena.

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“We are also looking to promote the scheme across the rest of the rural sector.”

Police in the town held a special launch event for business and town councillors at the Amory Centre last night (Tuesday).

Under the scheme businesses, including dentists, pharmacies and hairdressers, would display a special J9 logo in a prominent position to let victims know where they can obtain the relevant information and support.

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