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Funding for domestic abuse services set to continue

Funding for domestic abuse services in Staffordshire looks set to continue for the next five years.


A paper to Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet recommends that current services to victims, families and communities are continued for the next three years with the option to extend to five years.


Currently, services are jointly commissioned with Stoke on Trent City Council and the Police and Crime Commissioners office under the brand ‘New Era’ and includes provision and support for victims, perpetrators, children and young people.


This arrangement, which has been recognised as best practice nationally, is recommended to continue.


Staffordshire County Council Cabinet Member for Communities Victoria Wilson said: “By pooling our resources with Stoke-on-Trent and the Staffordshire Commissioner’s Office, we have been able to ensure services for victims and families are consistently available across the whole of Staffordshire.


“We want these services to really make a difference to victims, perpetrators and families, and the fact that we have been recognised nationally shows that the current arrangements are having a positive effect. This is why we are recommending the currently arrangements are continued for at least the next three years to ensure victims of domestic abuse are able to access the services they need, regardless of where they live in the county.”


Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet will meet to discuss the report on October 19.


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