Merton Council’s confidential service to help victims of domestic violence celebrated its second birthday today.
The ‘One Stop Shop’ run by Safer Merton, Police and partners bring key agencies together under one roof once a week to support and advise those dealing with violence and abuse in the home. Clients are offered support and advice on a variety of issues including: housing, health and legal issues.
Since it opened the One Stop Shop has supported over 300 clients and assisted them in managing or moving away from abusive situations.
To celebrate the second year milestone a new brochure is being launched, by the Police, containing information for those experiencing domestic violence or abuse. Partners gathered to celebrate the success of the one stop shop and to show their support to those that experience domestic abuse in all of its forms. Ensuring that anyone in need knows there is somewhere to go and someone to listen to helps our users deal with their situation.
Merton’s cabinet member for community safety, engagement and equalities Councillor Edith Macauley said: “The One Stop Shop is here so that those experiencing domestic violence or abuse can seek confidential advice and support from all of the relevant agencies. Safer Merton and all of the partner agencies have supported so many and aim to support more, anyone experiencing abuse should use the service to help them end the abuse in their lives. Everyone involved with the project has done an excellent job.”
Councillor Maxi Martin, Domestic Violence Champion for Merton added: “It is great the One Stop Shop has reached another year, supporting even more people, empowering them with the knowledge and offering support to assist them in ending the abuse. We hope more people will come forward and get help from this fantastic service.”
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One Stop Shop
Monday mornings 9.30 – 12.30
Morden Baptist Church, Crown Lane, Morden SM4 5BL