Stephen has helped launch of Newham Council’s One Stop Shop – an innovative new service for those that have been the victims of violence. He was joined by Seema Malhotra MP, Shadow Home Office Minister for Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls, Lyn Brown MP and councillors Unmesh Desai and Ellie Robinson.
The centre based in East Ham, provides round the clock confidential advice and a wide range of practical and emotional support to victims of domestic and sexual violence, forced marriage, honour-based violence, female genital mutilation, prostitution and trafficking.
At the event, visitors heard testimonials of women who had been helped by the centre, as well meeting staff who outlined the different approaches that can be taken to safeguard those that have been the victims of violence.
A tree of action was also exhibited and guests pledged what they will do to ‘make it happen’ for gender equality.
The One Stop Shop brings key services together under one roof and is delivered in partnership with the London Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime’s Prevention Fund.
Councillor Ellie Robinson, Cabinet Member for OneSource and Building Communities deputy, said: “Newham’s One Stop Shop is a groundbreaking service meaning that all victims of gender violence can find life-saving and life-changing support under one roof. We are extremely proud of the huge strides made in Newham to tackle violence against women and girls.”
Councillor Unmesh Desai, Cabinet Member for Crime and Antisocial Behaviour said:
“Violence against women is a crime and we are committed to reducing the number of instances in our borough. This coupled with the opening of this centre is part of our ongoing commitment to tackle this key issue and make Newham a safer place for men, women and children.”