A message from Councillor Agatha Mary Akyigyina OBE on women’s safety

Councillor Agatha Mary Akyigyina OBE, Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Partnerships, Public Safety and Tackling Crime, said:

“Like so many of us in Merton, the capital, and beyond, I was horrified by the tragic death of Sarah Everard.

“Whilst the investigation of that case is still underway, the stories and experiences that women and girls have been sharing over recent days shine a spotlight onto an unacceptable reality that we know to be true: women and girls are at risk of violence on our streets, and many don’t feel safe.

“Merton Council stands shoulder to shoulder with women, and we are committed to tackling violence against women and girls.

“Our services are there to support anyone who has suffered domestic violence and abuse, sexual abuse and forced marriage. If you need to use these services, please find out more at merton.gov.uk/CommunitySafety.”