Extra help for victims of domestic abuse

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MORE victims of domestic abuse will be helped in their own homes rather than being moved to emergency accommodation.

A new scheme, backed by Hampshire County Council and the county’s police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes, will see more spent on community services.

Around £7.2m has been set aside over the next four years.

Refuges will continue to be used to offer immediate short-term help.

Officials are working with housing providers for families that are unable to stay in their own homes.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, who is in charge of public health, said: ‘Funding for these vital services will increase, and by making changes and working in partnership we will be able to provide better services and support more families.’

Mr Hayes added: ‘Moving victims away from their homes for immediate crisis protection might be necessary in some cases, but is not a long-term solution. Where possible, better co-ordinated outreach services will support families to stay in their own homes and maintain their lives, and that of their family.

‘The service changes will be progressively introduced.’