What is the Jan Foundation? What do we do?
The aims of The Jan Foundation are to engage people in communities in combating domestic violence (DV) by taking the lead in developing DV services in their areas, running preventative campaigns, supporting victims and their families and making others aware that DV affects everyone!
If we are really going to combat domestic violence (DV) then it must become ‘a community business’ as it affects the whole community. We engage the community in tackling DV by combining:
- Free locally based Community Training on Mentoring and DV to help community members respond better to DV (especially with victims who are their family and friends) and to gain useful skills for the future.
- Building Community Support Networks by organising local volunteers to help them use their local knowledge to develop responses to DV that are most appropriate for their communities.
- Working with volunteers on presentations and events to tell communities about the complex effects of DV on victims and how the behaviour of perpetrators comes from weakness rather than strength.
- Long term one-to-one mentoring support by trained volunteers for women victims and support for family and friends of victims who are also being affected by what is happening.
We work in SW Birmingham but are getting requests to help to do similar work across the City and elsewhere.
Our ultimate aim is to develop a country-wide network of community responses to DV.