Three Rivers District Council has launched an urgent appeal to area high street businesses, asking them to support domestic abuse victims by being part of a ‘network of eyes and ears’.
The new J9 Domestic Abuse campaign sets out to aid community members recognise the signs of domestic abuse and help its victims, as well as assisting survivors of domestic abuse safely access support from professionals.
Participating businesses with J9 trained staff will display a sunflower logo in their shopfront. This is to let victims of abuse know it is a safe place to get information and use a phone to contact support.
New community champions receive training to know the right place to refer someone to.
Sponsored by MCP Property Services, a maintenance contractor for housing association Thrive Homes, the initiative is also being run in collaboration with the charities Safer Places and Hertfordshire Sunflower.
Cllr Roger Seabourne, Three Rivers District Council’s Lead Member for Community Safety and Partnerships, said:
“Domestic abuse can come in many forms, so it is vital to have people in the community who are aware and able to support those who may be living in fear and in need of urgent help.
“The J9 community champions can be anyone in everyday public-facing jobs who can keep a look out for people who need some support. You could be a hairdresser, estate agent or working on the tills at a supermarket.
“With a network of eyes and ears around Three Rivers, there’s a better chance that no-one has to suffer in silence.”
Rosie Hughes of MCP Property Services (pictured) said: “We are delighted to provide J9 with the information packs. This continues many years of support for victims of domestic abuse in our communities.”