Torrington unites to help domestic abuse victims
TORRINGTON shops and businesses are to help in a new campaign against domestic abuse. They are taking part in J9, a programme to raise awareness and help victims. It is named in memory of Janine Mundy, who was tragically murdered by her husband in Camborn
TORRINGTON shops and businesses are to help in a new campaign against domestic abuse.
They are taking part in J9, a programme to raise awareness and help victims.
It is named in memory of Janine Mundy, who was tragically murdered by her husband in Camborne six years ago, and has already been piloted in Cornwall.
Torrington has now been chosen to pilot it in Devon and Janine's mother will be visiting Torrington tomorrow (Thursday) to talk with businesses and shopkeepers and launch the scheme there.
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Torrington has been chosen, not because it has a particular problem, but because of its geography and close community links.
Businesses in the town have been selected to help by the local policing team.
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The programme is based on the fact that many victims do not have access to the outreach support they need, but do visit businesses such as hairdressers, doctors' surgeries and schools.
Businesses taking part will have members of staff trained in domestic abuse awareness by the police. They will not act as counsellors, but the businesses will provide a safe place where people can get the relevant information that will enable them to access the support they need and will also provide a telephone.
These businesses will have the J9 logo displayed in a prominent position.
Sgt Paul Searle of Torrington police said: "J9 is an extremely important programme that offers victims of domestic abuse another avenue to obtain the help and support they need to free themselves from a violent relationship. I would like to thank, in advance, all those businesses that have engaged with us on this programme. Over the coming months J9 will be rolled out across the counties of Devon and Cornwall.