Merton Domestic Violence Service Marks Its Birthday

One Stop Shop has helped more than 450 people

Merton's confidential service which helps victims of domestic violence celebrated its third birthday today.

To mark the occasion, partners of the service including the Polish Family Association, TV Edwards solicitors, South London African Women’s Organisation, Police and Victim Support attended Morden Baptist Church to celebrate its success.

Since its launch in 2011, the One Stop Shop has supported and given practical advice to more than 450 clients, assisting them in managing or moving away from abusive situations.

The One Stop Shop brings key agencies under one roof once a week to support clients dealing with violence and abuse. Clients are offered support and advice on a variety of issues including, housing, safety and legal issues.

Merton's cabinet member for community safety, engagement and equalities, Councillor Edith Macauley, said: "The One Stop Shop is here so people who are experiencing domestic violence or abuse can seek advice in private and get support from relevant agencies. Safer Merton and all the agencies involved are doing a great job providing help for victims."

Merton’s champion for domestic violence, Councillor Maxi Martin said: "It is great the One Stop Shop has reached another year, supporting even more people and offering support to end 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.

September 9, 2013