Support For Local Domestic Violence Victims

Second birthday for confidential service

Merton Council's confidential service to help victims of domestic violence has marked its second birthday.

The 'One Stop Shop' run by Safer Merton, police and partners bring together key agencies 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 more than 300 clients and assisted them in managing or moving away from abusive situations.

To celebrate the two-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.

Councillor Maxi Martin, Domestic Violence Champion for Merton said: "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 abuseWe hope more people will come forward and get help from this fantastic service."

  • The One Stop Shop meets on Mondays 9.30am-12.30pm at Morden Baptist Church, Crown Lane, Morden, SM4 5BL.

October 8, 2012