Residents reminded domestic abuse is everyone’s business with launch of the J9 Community Champion Network

The Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse partnership launched an appeal for local businesses and services to help victims and survivors of domestic abuse on Monday 25 November.

In town centres up and down the county, volunteers will be taking part in a walkabout, visiting local businesses such as hairdressers and cafes encouraging them to get involved.

The launch has been planned to coincide with the internationally marked 16 days of action; a time when professionals and volunteers across the wider community including police, councils, health, community and voluntary sectors come together to raise awareness of domestic abuse.

Jenny Coles, Chair of the Domestic Abuse Executive Board said:

“By becoming a J9 Community Champion you will be taking a stand against domestic abuse in Hertfordshire; showing you care about the wellbeing of your community and about victims and survivors of this terrible crime."

In the UK, domestic abuse is known to affect 1 in 6 men and 1 in 4 women during their lifetime. Sadly only 1 in 5 people are known to report incidents to the police, this makes the J9 Champions a vital addition to statutory run services.

For more information on becoming a champion, visit Sunflower Champions or email championsnetwork@hertsdomesticabusehelpline.org