Merton’s confidential service, the One Stop Shop, which helps victims of domestic violence, marked its fourth birthday this week.
Council representatives and partners including the Polish Family Association, TV Edwards solicitors, Wimbledon Solicitors, Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisations, the Police and Victim Support, joined in a special event at Morden Baptist Church to celebrate the success of the One Stop Shop. Since its launch in 2010, it has supported and given practical advice to over 700 residents, helping them improve their lives which have been affected by domestic violence.
The One Stop Shop brings key agencies under one roof once a week to support people dealing with violence and abuse. Clients are offered support and advice on a variety of matters including, housing, safety and legal issues.
Merton’s One Stop Shop is calling on residents, who are suffering abuse, to get in touch. The confidential service has the backing of its latest champions against domestic violence, Inspector Stuart Buchan and Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Church from Merton Metropolitan Police.
Merton’s cabinet member for community safety, engagement and equalities,Councillor Edith Macauley said: “We work hard with our partners to keep our residents safe. The One Stop Shop is one way we are able to do this. Offering a confidential refuge to people suffering abuse will help more people get the support they need to leave abusive relationships.”
Merton’s champion for sufferers of domestic violence, Councillor Maxi Martin said: “It is great the One Stop Shop has reached another year, offering many people support to get out of abusive situations. We hope more people will come forward and get help from this fantastic service.”
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The One Stop Shop is open every Monday morning 9.30 – 12.30 (except Bank Holidays) at Morden Baptist Church, Crown Lane, Morden SM4 5BL