MORE than £200,000 has been poured into tackling domestic abuse in Portsmouth.
Hampshire’s police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes has spent the cash from his budget on helping victims and £50,000 has gone to groups working with offenders.
It comes as The News revealed police in Portsmouth are called to a domestic violence incident once every three hours.
Mr Hayes said: ‘Physical and emotional forms of domestic abuse bring misery to victims and their relatives and friends who are aware of it happening.
‘It’s not acceptable that people live in fear of domestic or sexual violence.
‘This is why supporting victims and trying to prevent people from becoming the victims or perpetrators of domestic abuse is a priority for me.
‘For too long society has not taken this problem seriously enough.
‘If we had, people wouldn’t still be suffering this form of abuse today.’
Mr Hayes has spent £172,000 in supporting victims of domestic abuse during the years 2014-15 and 2015-16 in Portsmouth.
And £50,500 has been put in helping the perpetrators of domestic abuse break the cycle of offending.
Across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, the office of the police and crime commissioner spent £469,451 in supporting victims and £75,750 to help perpetrators over the same time period.
In September Mr Hayes is due to launch the Sexual Crime Strategy.
It aims to make clear what is available for victims, identify and recommend funding and publish an action plan.
A sexual crime service directory will be developed designed to help professionals find services.
The strategy will give an overview of partnerships that focus on sexual crime.
Southern Domestic Abuse Service said it helped hundreds of victims in Havant in 2014/15, including 242 requests for refuge accommodation and 296 requests for outreach support. It had 133 requests for one-to-one support for children.