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Stop Cuts to Domestic Violence services

We the undersigned petition the council to (1000 characters): The council budget savings report proposes to cut the specialist in-house domestic abuse service, the Early Intervention Project, from 13 members of staff to 5. We ask councillors to vote against these proposed cuts as they have a public duty to protect the most vulnerable. Of course, in a few years’ time, Councillors can change their minds, realise their mistake, reinvest the money. But they will not be able to restore a murdered mother to her children, a daughter to her parents, a friend to her community. These cuts are literally playing with people’s lives.

Domestic abuse is estimated to cost £23 billion in the UK each year, including the cost of the criminal justice system, health service, social care and housing. This cost is widely accepted as an under-estimate.
Portsmouth city council are suggesting a cut of £180k to their domestic abuse services as a budget saving. If councillors had consulted with anyone in the sector they would know this is naïve at best and misleading at worse. Cutting EIP will merely transfer the cost onto other service areas in the city.
It is agreed nationally that domestic abuse victims need specialist independent support to live their lives free from violence and abuse.
Please support this petition in order to initiate a debate in council chambers at the meeting on the 9th February 2016.

This ePetition ran from 22/12/2015 to 27/01/2016 and has now finished.

1166 people signed this ePetition.