Stratford domestic violence unit offers more services

A One-Stop Shop that provides vital support for victims of domestic violence will be launching extended services during the Olympics.

The Newham One-Stop Shop at the Stratford Advice Arcade at 107-109 The Grove to provide support to victims of abuse from July 23 to September 13 in a joint effort to provide essential services for victims of domestic abuse during the Olympic Games.

The service comprises Newham Council, in partnership with the Met Police, AANCHAL Women’s Aid, Newham Action Against Domestic Abuse, Rape Crisis, Open Doors and a range of solicitors firms in the borough.

It is a partnership initiative that will be available for anyone experiencing domestic or sexual violence. It provides free and confidential advice from domestic or sexual violence caseworkers, the police, solicitors and Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVAs).

A Newham Council spokesperson said: “During Games-time there will be more pressure on public transport, so people might find it more difficult to get to the centre. The opening of this service is therefore being extended. This is in line with a council services being temporarily adapted across the board to meet the unique challenges of the Games.”

The service is available regardless of whether those experiencing abuse have reported it to the police. Service users will be able to choose which agency they would like support from and should feel confident that their information will remain confidential.

It is open Monday to Friday, from 10am to 6 pm, and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm.