No More domestic violence or abuse
Joining forces with Merton police, the London Fire Brigade and partners, the council hosted a flag raising ceremony today (Monday 27 November). The special Merton says No More flag will be flying from outside the civic centre for the 16 days of the campaign.
2016 saw the council team up with London-based Hestia, the UK Says No More charity, to raise awareness of domestic violence and abuse and sexual violence. In that same year, Merton was the first London council to launch the Ask Angela initiative to provide a safe way for women to get the help they need if they feel threatened while on a night out in the borough.
In line with the international No More campaign, the 16 days against violence and abuse and sexual assault will run from 25 November until 10 December. Its goal it to shine a spotlight on issues including not only domestic violence, but also child sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation and forced marriage. It also signposts people who may need help, to organisations that can support them.
Merton’s own One Stop Shop has helped over 1,500 people since it was set up seven years ago. It is a confidential service which offers drop-in sessions on Mondays (except Bank Holidays) from 9.30am to midday at Morden Baptist Church in Crown Lane, Morden.