The Jersey Safeguarding Partnership Board (JSPB) have today launched their Domestic Abuse Strategy for 2019-2022.
It is estimated that one in four women and one in six men will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime. Similarly, the impact of such abuse upon the lives of the children living in such environments cannot be underestimated. Domestic abuse is a complex and challenging issue which can wreck lives and devastate families.
The strategy aims over the next three years to keep more Islanders safe through three strands of work focussed on prevention, protection and provision.
This work will help to break the cycle of abuse through preventing domestic abuse from occurring in the first place by challenging the associated culture and intervening as early as possible in order to prevent it from continuing, repeating or escalating. Reduce the associated risks to victims, by holding perpetrators to account and supporting them to change their behaviour, whilst working in partnership to provide the appropriate level of support where domestic abuse occurs.
Detective Chief Inspector of Serious Crime, Domestic Abuse Sub-Group Chair, Chris Beechey commented: “Reports of domestic abuse have been increasing in Jersey, therefore we want to ensure that both victims and their families are able to access the right help and support through a co-ordinated Island approach. In addition, working with perpetrators of abuse to help stop the cycle of violence, and educating young people to understand what a healthy relationship is compared to controlling behaviour, violence and abuse.”
The JSPB have worked with Safelives (a UK national charity) and local partners to develop this strategy and action plan by working together to protect the community from domestic abuse.
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