The parents of murdered Blackpool nurse Jane Clough have backed the launch of a new domestic abuse policy for hospital staff.
John and Penny Clough, whose daughter, 26, was murdered by partner Jonathan Vass outside Blackpool Victoria Hospital in July 2010 have been supporting Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in developing the campaign which has been called ‘You Don’t Seem Yourself.’
The policy makes it clear where people can go to get help if they need it and the agencies available to help people who are suffering domestic abuse.
It also encourages people to look out for the signs of a problem with their friends and colleagues.
Mr Clough said: “Jane paid the ultimate price for domestic abuse and was one of the two women a week who are murdered by a partner or ex partner in a domestic abuse situation.
“We lost someone very special to us and it is now our mission to help people avoid going through what she did and the legacy that left for her family.
“We have been working with companies trying to implement domestic violence policies up and down the country and we are delighted that we have been able to help the Trust develop its policy to help protect its workforce.’’
Mr Clough added: “When Jane became a victim we didn’t notice the signs to start with but we have become so much more aware now. Jane was a different person during the abuse, constantly texting and becoming more isolated and looking back the signs were there but we just didn’t spot them.’’
Nicky Ingham, Director of Workforce and Organisational Development at the Trust, said: “In creating a great and safe place to work, we need to ensure that we are supporting our staff proact