Meet Merton's Male Champions Against Domestic Violence

Local leaders sign up as role models

Men from organisations across Merton pledged their support today for victims of domestic violence and abuse.

Merton's male champions against domestic violence will be role models for men by stating they do not condone abuse of any kind.

They will also assist men and women who have any questions about domestic violence and abuse, signpost them to relevant services and listen to those who are victims of abuse.

Champions signing up today were the Leader of Merton Council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis; Chief Executive of Merton Council, Ged Curran; Chief Executive of Merton Priory Homes, Wayne Hainsworth; Merton Chamber of Commerce Chair, Rev Andrew Wakefield; Councillor David Simpson; Jeff Lisle from London Fire Brigade; Dave Palmer from Merton Police.

Picture L-R: Wayne Hainsworth, Ged Curran, Cllr Maxi Martin, Dave Palmer, Councillor Stephen Alambritis, Jeff Lisle, Councilllor David Simpson, Rev Andrew Wakefield, with Councillor Maxi Martin

Cabinet member for children’s services and Merton’s first domestic violence champion, Councillor Maxi Martin said: "I am pleased to see that the issue of domestic abuse is something men in Merton are taking very seriously. All victims, whether male or female should know there are people they can approach in confidence.

"Men and the way they view domestic abuse are fundamentally important to reducing domestic abuse and increasing reporting by supporting other men as well as women to report abuse."

If you would like to sign up to be a male champion email and head the email DV champion."

December 5, 2013