Domestic Abuse Campaign #SittingRightWithYou

27 November 2017

Domestic Abuse Campaign #SittingRightWithYou


The week beginning 27th November 2017 is the States of Jersey Police's Campaign Week against Domestic Abuse. Called #SittingRightWithYou, the campaign aims to highlight the prevalence of domestic abuse within our community, raise awareness and to reach those affected across all our cultural groups.
The campaign is designed to encourage everyone in Jersey to speak up about domestic abuse. It’s being led by the States of Jersey Police in conjunction with Crimestoppers, JAAR, Jersey Youth Service, Jersey Women’s Refuge, Jersey Domestic Abuse Support and Dewberry House. It hopes to raise awareness of the different types of domestic abuse and to inform victims, their friends and family about the support available in Jersey.
The campaign uses a yellow sofa in its imagery and asks the question ‘Does that sit right with you?’ It encourages you to think about what makes a healthy relationship using messages such as ‘he checks my phone all the time’, ‘she has control over my bank accounts’, and ‘I can go out with friends when he says it’s ok’
Detective Inspector Craig Jackson, Head of the Public Protection Unit said: “Domestic Abuse is a major crime in Jersey and we as a community need to work together to ensure no one is suffering, unable to get help. This week is about getting into the communities, talking to people and letting them know who can help and how. It is magnificent that the agencies involved with tackling domestic abuse are on board for this as we recognise that domestic abuse cannot be successfully tackled in isolation.”
Domestic abuse is a crime in which the abuser seeks power and control over their victim and can affect women, men and children. When you think of abuse, you may imagine a kick or a punch, but often it’s more complicated than that. Violence, control, intimidation and isolation are all types of abuse.


Police responded to nearly 1,000 domestic violence incidents last year and attend an average of three domestic abuse incidents every single day of the year, equating to around 12% of all the islands recorded crime. Figures show that although domestic incidents have decreased by 8%, high risk domestics have risen by 11%.
The yellow sofa and volunteers will be at M&S, King Street from Monday 27th November to Friday 1st December from 11:30am to 2:30pm to give out information about the services available in Jersey.
EDITOR’S NOTE:
For interviews with the police please contact the police press office on 612107 OR for any other interviews please call any of the following: Jersey Women’s Refuge on 0800 7356836, Dewberry House on 888222, Jersey Youth Service on 280500, JAAR on 482800 and Jersey Domestic Abuse Support on 880505.


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