The statistics are shocking – last year, States of Jersey Police attended over 1000 incidents of domestic abuse in Jersey and 16% of all recorded crime in Jersey is domestic-related. And yet it is believed that domestic abuse is under-reported in Jersey.
On Monday 24th November, States of Jersey Police and Jersey Crimestoppers are launching an awareness campaign encouraging the public to speak out about domestic abuse.
Chief Inspector Alison Fossey, States of Jersey Police is leading the campaign: “Domestic abuse is a major crime in Jersey and it is an issue which affects all the Island’s communities.
“Our message is simple – as a community we need to work together to ensure no one is suffering. We understand it is difficult to speak out but please come and talk to us or one of our partnership agencies if you are a victim of domestic abuse.”
Working in partnership to ensure no one is suffering in silence
Niall McClure, Volunteer Chair, Jersey Crimetoppers added: “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”.
The provision of posters and information leaflets, produced in English, Polish, Portuguese and Thai has been made possible thanks to financial sponsorship of Jersey Crimestoppers by NatWest.
Drop-in sessions for information and advice are being held at the Welcome Centre at St. Thomas' church, 19 Val Plaisant, St Helier on Tuesday 25th November and Thursday 27th November, or download an information leaflet.
If you are victim of domestic abuse and in immediate danger dial 999 or at other times contact States of Jersey Police on +44 (0) 1534 612612 (office hours) to report a crime or + 44 (0) 1534 880006 (office hours) to ask Police Domestic Abuse Officers for help and advice.
If you suspect a friend, neighbour or family member is experiencing domestic abuse call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or give information using our Anonymous Online Form.
Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) - works with high risk victims (male and female) of domestic abuse to help them access services to keep them and their children safe. Referral can be made through any agency or by the individual themselves. Contact +44 (0)1534 880505 (office hours).
Victim Support (Jersey) - Provides advice, information, listening, ongoing support and referrals for male victims of domestic abuse. Visit victimsupportjersey.co.uk or call +44 (0) 1534 440496 (office hours) or 0845 30 30 900 (out of office hours).
Jersey Women’s Refuge - The refuge is a confidential service which offers support, advice and safe accommodation to female victims of domestic abuse. The 24 hour helpline is 0800 735 6836 or visit www.jerseywomensrefuge.org.
Adapt - This service is aimed at men who would like to stop their abusive behaviour. Referral can be made through any agency or by the individual himself. Call + 44 (0)7797 732207.