Merton encourages victims to speak up

Safer Merton is calling on people who suffer domestic abuse to speak up and come forward for advice and help available from Merton Council and its partners as part of this year’s 16 days of activism against domestic abuse.

Called ‘Speak Up Against Domestic Violence’, the 2012 campaign started this week with White Ribbon Day and runs until Monday 10 December. An exhibition will be on display during the 16 days at the Civic Centre, showing artwork from local children’s groups, featuring lips for speaking up. Information about services, including the weekly confidential service for victims of domestic abuse, One Stop Shop, will also be available.

Merton Council’s Domestic Violence Champion Councillor Maxi Martin said: “Merton’s partnership approach allows people who suffer from domestic abuse to use the One Stop Shop with confidence and speak up about their experiences so they can get the help they need.”

Merton’s cabinet member for community safety, engagement and equalities Councillor Edith Macauley said: “Merton is a keen supporter of White Ribbon Day. A number of domestic abuse incidents go unreported so it is important that people are aware that help is available all year round.”