Regular domestic abuse support sessions to be rolled out in Portsmouth

Cllr Robert New
Cllr Robert New
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MONTHLY domestic abuse support sessions are to be held in Portsmouth.

It comes after councillors introduced surgeries for victims needing support in October.

Tory environment and community safety boss, Councillor Robert New, who is leading the initiative, said: ‘At the start of the year I started working with other councillors to raise awareness of domestic abuse.

‘Born out of the many sessions was an idea for councillors to run their own domestic abuse surgeries.

‘We’re all elected to help our residents and who else would be better placed to take ownership of help for domestic abuse sufferers than the very people who are community leaders?’

Cosham Tory councillor Hannah Hockaday, who has already held a support session, said: ‘In the face of less funding being available, it’s right that we take domestic abuse help and bang the drum in the community.’

The sessions are at

Baffins: First Tuesday of every month from January, 10am to midday, Stacey Community Centre.

Copnor: First Friday of the month, 2pm to 4pm, Wesley Rooms.

Cosham: First Monday of the month, 1pm to 3pm, Cosham Community Centre.

Hilsea: First Saturday of the month from January. 11am to 1pm, Howard Road Community centre.

Paulsgrove: First Saturday of the month. noon to 2pm, Paulsgrove Housing Office.