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Rushcliffe welcomes its 72nd safe space for domestic abuse survivors

The Parlour, in West Bridgford, has become the latest venue to provide training to help domestic abuse survivors, and become a designated safe space. 


It comes as Ruth Edwards MP has been working with local campaigner Nicky Brindley MBE, to set up a network of J9 safe spaces in public places — such as pubs, shops and parish councils — in Rushcliffe.


In the training session at The Parlour, staff from a range of organisations were shown how to respond appropriately and effectively to survivors of abuse and signpost them to the right professional support.

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After the training, they received the J9 safe space logo to display on their premises. This will let survivors know that they have a safe place to access information and use a telephone to contact support services. 


Fordes Coffee, Notts Gymnastics Academy, Thrumpton Cricket Club, Harker’s Farmshop, and Normand Galloway Homes attended the session at the Parlour. 


Speaking after the training, Ruth said:


“Thank you to The Parlour for hosting this important training and becoming the latest local J9 safe space. I’m pleased to say we now have more than 70 safe spaces set up across Rushcliffe, where survivors of domestic abuse can go for support and professional help. 


“As of this year, we have at least one safe space in every major population centre in Rushcliffe, and my ambition is for every one of our villages and towns to have one in the heart of their community.


‘If you are a business or organisation with a publicly accessible building in Rushcliffe that’s interested in becoming a safe space, please get in touch with me.’


Abbey who works in the Parlour said:


“I am incredibly grateful to have attended the J9 training and to bring this back to the rest of my colleagues in the following weeks, so that Parlour can become a safe space and a place that is confident in its signposting for resources that aid those who are survivors of domestic violence. 


The more businesses that get involved, the better – and thanks to Nicky Brindley and Ruth Edwards MP for making this important initiative happen.”


So far, 72 organisations have signed up to become a J9 safe space in Rushcliffe. This includes charity shops, parish councils, nurseries, churches, hotels, law firms, sports clubs, farm shops, tattooists, and gyms. 


The J9 initiative was set up in memory of Janine Mundy (AKA J9), a mother of two, who was killed by her estranged husband. It aims to provide training to businesses and organisations to help increase understanding and awareness surrounding the complex issue of domestic abuse.

The following organisations offer support to survivors of domestic abuse within Nottinghamshire.

Nottinghamshire Police is part of the Make Yourself Heard Campaign, which aims to show people how they can report an emergency when it is not safe to speak.

Dialling 55 after calling 999 takes you through to a silent call service, whereby call handlers will give you specific directions on how to report your emergency.

Support is also available via the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline number – run by Refuge – on 0808 2000 247 and online at


Police Silent Solution:

For more information about Domestic Abuse please read this supporting survivors of domestic abuse page.

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Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid website

Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid provides an extensive range of services for women, young people and children.

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Newark Women’s Aid website

Newark Women’s Aid provides safe accommodation, with associated support services, for women with or without children, who are living with or have experienced any form of physical, sexual, emotional, psychological or economic abuse. Tel: 01636 679687

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Domestic Violence Assist

The UK’s only registered charity arranging Non-Molestation Orders, Prohibited Steps Orders & Occupation Orders

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Men’s Advice Line website

Men’s Advice Line is a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic violence and abuse.

It offers emotional support, practical advice and information on a wide range of services for further help and support.

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Juno Women’s Aid

Juno’s 24-hour domestic and sexual violence helpline offers support to women, teenage girls and children who have been affected by domestic or sexual abuse.

Tel: 0808 800 0340


Deaf and hearing-impaired women can access the Helpline by:

Text Relay/NGT: 18001 0808 800 0340 24 hours a day

Email: daily, 9am – 9pm

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Equation: Domestic abuse support for men

Equation provide a free helpline for men which is available Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 4.30pm.

A 24/7 confidential answerphone service is also available.

Call: 0115 960 5556


Equation also runs the Respect not fear website for younger people which offers help, advice and links to support.

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Nottinghamshire Alliance Against Violence

Make a stand against violence. ‘Like’ our Alliance Against Violence Facebook page

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Nottinghamshire Independent Domestic Abuse Service website

NIDAS is a registered charity, formerly known as Mansfield and Ashfield Women’s Aid.

Its aim is to help people experiencing domestic abuse.

They work hard with other agencies to raise awareness of domestic abus

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Karma Nirvana website

Karma Nirvana is a registered charity that supports victims and survivors of forced marriage and honour-based abuse.

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Brightsky App

A free to download app providing support and information to those affected by Domestic Abuse, available in 5 languages, has a unique directory of support services and links of further resources including a journal which you can record incidents.

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Hollie Guard App

Safeguarding people- a simple shake or tap activates Hollie guard, immediately notifying your chosen contacts, pinpointing your location and sending audio and video evidence directly to their mobile phones.

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Broxtowe Women’s Project (BWP)

BWP are here to help women living in the Borough of Broxtowe who are experiencing domestic abuse.We provide a confidential helpline, outreach service, training courses and drop in sessions, all aimed at empowering women and to help them survive domestic abuse.

Find out more about our services below.

Call us if you need our help on 01773 719 111 or email

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