The Strategy sets out the council’s approach to valuing diversity and promoting equality. The council aims to deliver good quality services that meet the needs and aspirations of all the borough’s residents, service users, employees and visitors. The Strategy addresses the needs of people who have traditionally faced discrimination or received less favourable treatment based on their ‘protected characteristics’ (age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation).
The Hate Crime Strategy sets out our commitment to tackling perpetrators of hate crime and identifies how we will support our victims.
Merton currently provides services for men and women who have/ are victims of domestic violence & abuse, sexual abuse, forced marriage and Violence committed in the name of “honour”. This new strategy will focus on how the borough coordinates services to victims of these and other crimes listed as VAWG by the Mayor of London.