Domestic abuse charity gets £500,000 cash boost

Sue Harrower, left, and Claire Lambon, both from the Southern Domestic Abuse Service
Sue Harrower, left, and Claire Lambon, both from the Southern Domestic Abuse Service

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A CHARITY has won £500,000 of lotto funding to extend its work with those affected by domestic abuse.

The Big Lottery Fund will give the money to the Southern Domestic Abuse Service so it can continue its work with Portsmouth City Council.

Claire Lambon, CEO of SDAS, said: ‘This funding will support our ambition to improve and expand local services.

‘We’re committed to partnership working to ensure there is a co-ordinated community response model to domestic abuse.

‘Our vision is a world with out domestic abuse.’

SDAS and the city council will use the cash to work with people aged 16 and over who are domestically abusive.

The Up2U project will support to non-abusive partners and help them manage their safety and make decisions about the future of the relationship.

City council cabinet member for environment and community safety Cllr 
Robert New said: ‘I’m delighted funding has been secured for such important work.

‘Domestic abuse affects so many and this will allow those who use abusive behaviours to make a choice about changing.

‘Together with our partners at SDAS, we can pro-actively support individuals.

‘I’d like to extend my thanks to the Big Lottery Fund and to my partners for all their dedication to this cause.’

Up2U is an intervention programme responding to individual need and risk and responsivity by offering tailored packages.

The project will be run over three years and is an extension of work already done by the SDAS and the council, who linked up together in 2014.

This funding will widen the area the project covers.