The J9 Domestic Abuse Initiative is named in memory of Janine Mundy, who was killed by her estranged husband. The initiative was started by her family and the local police in Cambourne, Cornwall, where she lived and aims to raise awareness of domestic abuse and assist victims to seek the help they so desperately need. Janine used to sign her text messages off with J9, hence the initiative’s namesake.
The original J9 initiative has been operating in Essex for the last 9 years and Alpha Vesta are delighted to be taking over the continued development and delivery of J9 from January 2024.
J9 training sessions and resources have been designed to engage, educate, and empower communities, organisations, groups, as well as retail and hospitality outlets;
- To understand and recognise the signs of domestic abuse.
- To create safe spaces in our community for adults or children to access information and details of support services.
- To ensure more people get access to the help they need, when they need it.
The training will include talking about the legacy that domestic abuse leaves, how it impacts on a family and how they endeavour to move forward afterwards. We will also be sharing interviews with family and friends of those affected by domestic abuse who will bravely share this aspect of their journeys.
Anyone living and working within Essex can access a free 1hr J9 training session alongside free J9 resources to support extending the reach within our community. Those that complete the training are invited to join a network of J9 Champions across Essex who will be meeting quarterly to talk about their reach into the community, receive updates and connect with other J9 Champions.
We are currently scheduling dates to deliver J9 sessions for Essex from April 2024. We are delivering sessions for Epping Forest District Council during January, February and March which can be booked below and downloadable poster here.
Lucy Whittaker and Alpha Vesta have been an active member of SETDAB since 2019. The Southend, Essex and Thurrock Domestic Abuse Board (SETDAB) is made up of representatives from agencies and organisations working to join up and better facilitate Southend, Essex and Thurrock’s vision to work together to enable everyone to live a life free from all forms of domestic abuse. The Board is responsible for designing and implementing the Domestic Abuse Strategy across Southend, Essex and Thurrock. SETDAB provides strategic leadership to address domestic abuse by providing a multi-agency framework, common ethos and co-ordinated approach to innovate, drive change and address domestic abuse.
If you require access to support services as a victim, perpetrator or professional, please access the ‘Get Support Now’ via the SETDAB website.