Domestic crime victims could face cutbacks

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CUTS to domestic abuse services could affect hundreds of vulnerable victims in Portsmouth, a councillor has claimed.

Councillor Lynne Stagg was worried what the impact of axing eight members of Portsmouth’s domestic abuse team – from 13 people to five – could be.

Speaking to the cabinet, the Lib Dem Baffins ward councillor said: ‘Each member of staff works with about 100 victims.

‘So the loss of eight members of staff would affect 800 victims in the city who would get no support.’

She said this came at a time when there had been a 55 per cent increase in domestic abuse referrals in the city in the past two years.

Responding Tory leader Donna Jones said: ‘There will be no cuts to domestic violence (service) in the next 12 months in this city.’

Robert New, cabinet member for environment and community safety, added a ‘complete service redesign’ was needed to ultimately improve support.