Jean Taylor, the founder of Families Fighting for Justice (FFFJ), lost a sister in 1998, a son in 2000 and a daughter in 2004 all to the acts of homicide.
In 2008 Jean advertised in the Liverpool Echo for victims’ families to join her on a march to Downing Street with 35,000 signatures. Her message was being that life should mean life for first-degree murder, and there should be tougher sentences for manslaughter.
In addition to working for change we offer peer support for those who have lost someone to acts of murder or manslaughter. Our drop in centre has a friendly atmosphere where you can talk in confidence to others who understand the emotional roller-coaster ride you are now on. You do not have to have lost a loved one to join us; we have members who just support us.
We have no prejudices at FFFJ, it does not matter about your race, religion or sexuality- all are welcome. We also believe a murder does not have any priorities. If your loved one was taken it does not have to be with a knife or a gun, the loss and pain is the same.
Peer Support: Helping Each Other
Peer support means people supporting each other on an equal basis, to offer something based on shared experiences. It has a long and honoured history in mental health. People with mental health problems including service users have always provided invaluable support to each other, both informally and through activists groups. It can happen in all sorts of ways; informally and formally in a one-to-one session or in groups.
Peer Support offers many benefits, for example; shared identity, helping increase self-confidence, demonstrating the value of helping others, developing and sharing skills , improving their issues, emotional resilience and well-being. It can also help in giving information and sign posting further help, challenging stigma and discrimination.
The support plays a role in building capacity within local communities it also has been shown to lead to cost savings.
Families Fighting for Justice believe everyone should have access to good quality peer support.
Please call Jean on 0151 709 2994 for further information