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Portsmouth City Council has been successful in two bids to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner 's (OPCC) Safer Communities Fund.

The Fund helps prevent offending and supports victims, helping people realise their life potential without being drawn into the Criminal Justice System.

The first bid was a £40k contribution to support victims of domestic abuse by providing an independent domestic violence advocate.

These advocates support those victims who are most at risk of serious harm or risk.

The second successful bid was for a £20,000 contribution to Up2U, who work with perpetrators of domestic abuse.

Up2U runs Portsmouth's domestic abuse perpetrator programme, and supports those who use unhealthy behaviours in their relationships to change, and move forwards into a more positive future.

Michael Lane, the Police and Crime Commissioner, has awarded 70 grants totalling £1,751,784 to support community organisations that are working to help keep Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, and Southampton safer.

In this round of funding the Commissioner received 148 applications totalling £4,649,936, far exceeding the amount of funding available.

Portsmouth City Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, Cllr Robert New said:

"I'm so pleased to announce that we have been successful with two bids to the OPCC's Safer Communities fund. This funding will allow us to not only support the victims of domestic abuse, but also to tackle the bigger picture by counselling and providing support to the perpetrators, helping to turn their lives around and tackle their harmful behaviour. I'd like to extend my deepest thanks to the Police and Crime Commissioner for his support with this important issue."