The Jersey Safeguarding Partnership Board (JSPB) has today, 19 October, launched its annual campaign to continue tackling all forms of domestic abuse in the island.
The 2020 campaign forms part of a three year strategy to protect and help Islanders who are at risk of domestic abuse, in the three strands of: protection, prevention and provision.
Continuing on from last year’s theme of ‘Would you know it if you saw it?’ the second strand of the strategy focusses on prevention, with the strapline of ‘You’ve seen the signs – now what?’ aiming to signpost those affected to agencies that can help. It features the accounts of survivors of abuse, and their stories of how they sought help to prevent further incidents.
Estimated to affect one in four women and one in six men in their lifetime, domestic abuse is a complex and challenging issue which can wreck lives and devastate families. It has a number of different forms including: physical, emotional, financial, sexual, online, coercive control and harassment and stalking. Domestic abuse isn’t just limited to romantic relationships, it can also happen within family and carer relationships.
Jersey Domestic Abuse Support (JDAS), a referral agency and key member of the JSPB, recorded 711 referrals since the start of 2020. Of the 711 referrals, 361 of those were classed as at significant risk of harm.
Sarah Elliot, Independent Safeguarding Chair of the Board said: “Domestic abuse is a very broad issue and can affect people of all genders, age, sexuality and race. We want islanders experiencing domestic abuse to know that they are not alone and no matter what the circumstances, help and support is available.
“Particularly in the current climate, with the potential for tighter restrictions and more time at home; this is a campaign that stands for what is at the very core objectives of JSPB – to most effectively co-ordinate local work to prioritise the safeguarding of vulnerable Islanders.”
While it launches this week (19-25 October) the purple themed campaign will continue with initiatives at trigger points throughout the year, to help Islanders who are affected to access the support available to them when it is most needed.
Staff from the agencies that make up the JSPB will be available for further advice at a pop-up shop in Liberty Wharf between Monday 19 – Friday 23 October, and artwork from Karios Arts, which works to support victims of abuse through therapeutic arts, will be on show.
Marketing materials will be displayed in key hotspots around the island, including schools, the hospital, and various stores in St. Helier, and Islanders are encouraged to wear the purple ribbon to demonstrate their support and collective stand against domestic abuse.
For further information, please visit www.safeguarding.je
Where to go for help......
In an emergency, always call The States of Jersey Police on 999 for immediate help. Our non-emergency number is (01534) 612612.
JDAS support those individuals age 16 or over, who are or have been intimate partners or family members experiencing domesic abuse, regardless of gender or sexuality. Tel: 01534 880505 visit www.jdas.je
The Jersey Women’s Refuge provides a safe place for women and
children to go who are victims of domestic abuse.
Tel: 0800 7356836 visit www.jerseywomensrefuge.org
JAAR provide and maintain a supporting framework for survivors of rape and sexual assault and their families that includes a dedicated helpline, website, on site counselling and access to highly qualified and specially trained counselors and psychotherapists. Tel: 01534 482800 visit www.jaar.je
Victim Support Jersey gives free and confidential help to victims, witnesses, their families and others affected by crime. Provising emotional support, practical help and information, their service is available regardless of when the crime happened or whether it has been reported to the police or not. They also offer a Witness Service to help victims and witnesses in court.
Tel: 01534 440496 visit www.victimsupport.je
For children and young people:
The Jersey Youth Service provide a wide range of personal and social development opportunities for young people aged 12 to 18 in Jersey.
Tel: 01534 280500 visit www.gov.je/youth
NSPCC Jersey are working to protect children today and prevent abuse from happening tomorrow.
Tel: 0808 800 5000 visit www.nspcc.org.uk
Childline helps anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, their trained counsellors are here to support you. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night.
Tel: 0800 1111 visit www.childline.org.uk
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