Three local victims of Domestic Abuse are speaking out this week – as part of a national campaign on the subject.
Currently officers from the States of Jersey Police attend an average of three domestic abuse incidents every single day of the year, equating to around 16% of all the islands recorded crime.
Over the past few years the Force has been working to address diversity amongst victims of Domestic Abuse and promote the people who can help those living with domestic abuse and have produced simple posters and pocket size booklets giving those key facts.
The information leaflets, kindly sponsored by Jersey Crimestoppers, have been produced in English, Polish, Portuguese and Thai, as domestic abuse is an issue which affects all the island’s communities.
The Force has also produced three simple videos where three victims tell their story in their own language. These will be uploaded to the Force’s YouTube channel over the course of the week.
Chief Inspector Alison Fossey, who is leading the domestic abuse campaign, said: “Domestic Abuse is a major crime in Jersey and we as a community need to work together to ensure no one is suffering, unable to get help.
“This week is about getting into the communities, talking to people and letting them know who can help and how.
“Yesterday a number of church services and masses were spoken to about domestic abuse, either by our officers or by those leading the congregation and we are grateful for the message being spread so widely among the faith community.
“I would personally like to thank the three ladies for their bravery to speak out, it isn’t easy in a community this size but it emphasises to everyone that anyone could become a victim.
“Finally I would like to thank Crimestoppers who have generously given us the money to develop the booklets and posters, hopefully the information they contain will help inform a large number of people about the help that is available.”
Niall McClure, Volunteer Chair, Jersey Crimestoppers said: “Our message is always to speak directly to the police if you are victim of crime. However, if you are a friend, neighbour or family member and believe someone close to you is a victim of domestic abuse you can also pass on information anonymously via Crimestoppers. Together we can tackle domestic abuse”.
Two drop in sessions will be held during the course of the week at St Thomas’ Church Welcome Centre. The first on Tuesday, November 25th between 10am and 1pm, the second on Thursday, 27th, between 4pm and 7pm. Anyone is welcome to attend.
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