Merton launched its 16 days against domestic violence and abuse campaign today with the theme for this year- ‘Love shouldn’t hurt’.
The campaign runs from White Ribbon Day, 25 November until 10 December and will feature an exhibition at the civic centre featuring art work from local children’s groups and information about local services available to victims of domestic abuse.
The Safer Merton Partnership, which includes Merton Council, the Police and Victim Support are encouraging people who suffer from domestic abuse to visit the One Stop Shop. The weekly drop in service is open Mondays 9.30am – 12.30pm at Morden Baptist Church.
Visitors can get help with housing, talk to victim support or get legal advice in confidence. Since launching in 2010 it has helped over 800 people.
Merton’s Domestic Violence champion, Councillor Maxi Martin said: “We want all victims of domestic abuse to know that love shouldn’t hurt. If they find themselves in a situation which is hard to escape, advice from experts is available to them at Merton’s One Stop Shop and through Domestic Violence Support workers.”
Cabinet member for community safety, engagement and equalities, Councillor Edith Macauley said: “White Ribbon Day and the 16 days campaign is an important time to highlight the support communities must give to those suffering domestic abuse. A number of domestic abuse incidents go unreported so it is important people are aware that they are not alone and help is available all year round.”