In the novelEdit
Life Prior to Gilead Edit
Janine apparently worked as a waitress prior to the rise of the Republic of Gilead. She had a young daughter (it is not mentioned if she was married). When Janine was fourteen, she was gang-raped and fell pregnant as a result, but had an abortion.
Life at the Red Center Edit
After Gilead's creation, Janine was rounded up, separated from her daughter and sent to the Red Center. The emotionally fragile Janine was quickly broken down by the Aunts - she was forced to 'confess' her sins and told the story of her gang-rape and abortion. The Aunts declared that Janine brought the rape upon herself and the other Handmaids were made to shame Janine, who eventually agreed that what happened was her fault and that God had been teaching her a lesson. Janine often cried in the night over her lost daughter. At one point, she seemed to suffer a complete mental breakdown, believing she was living her old life again and asking people for their orders. This prompted Moira to slap Janine and speak harshly to her, in order to get her to snap out of it, as the Aunts would show her no mercy. She was mentioned as being a favourite of Aunt Lydia's due to her submissive nature.
Life in Gilead Edit
When Offred meets Janine again, she is assigned to a Commander Warren and his Wife, being known as Ofwarren. Janine is heavily pregnant and flaunts this publically, as this is regarded as the greatest thing a Handmaid can accomplish. It is rumoured that the real father of Janine's baby is not Commander Warren, but her doctor, due to Warren's infertility, and Warren's Wife secretly arranged this to get a child.
Janine goes into labour and Offred, Ofglen and several other Handmaids attend the birth to support her. Janine delivers a seemingly healthy baby girl, who is immediately given to the Wife and named Angela. Janine is exhausted and emotionally drained from the experience, but Offred reasons that she will never be declared an Unwoman now. Unfortunately, Janine's triumph is short-lived, as baby Angela turns out to be a "shredder" and does not live. Janine is distraught by this and the trauma takes its toll on her mental well-being. When Offred next sees her at the Particicution, Janine appears to be insane, barely reacting to the events of the day and not responding even when Offred calls her by her real name. She doesn't appear to recognize Offred, merely smiles pleasantly at her and wishes her a good day before wandering off. Janine's fate is unknown.
In the TV series Edit
Ofwarren is portrayed by actress Madeline Brewer.
In the television adaption, Janine is somewhat more rebellious. She stands up to Aunts in the Red Center, and she is punished by having her right eye removed. Rather than a daughter, she has a son named Caleb, who was taken away when Gilead rose to power. She named her newborn daughter Charlotte and believed that her Commander, Warren, was in love with her. He promised her they would run away together and be a family, though this is considered a lie so he could persuade her to do sexual activities with him that his wife wouldn't do.
In the ninth episode 'Bridges', Janine suffers a psychological breakdown after she is taken away to become Ofdaniel and attempts suicide by throwing herself from a bridge. She survives, but is taken to hospital in a critical condition. For endangering her daughter by almost jumping with the baby (she gave her to Offred before jumping after the latter talked her down somewhat), the other Handmaids were ordered to stone her to death but defied Aunt Lydia's orders after Ofglen and Offred refused to throw their stones at Janine