THE mayor of Uttoxeter has expressed her 'sadness' at funding cuts to a charity providing vital help to victims of domestic abuse.
Karen Haberfield has suffered an abusive relationship in the past and knows first-hand how hard it is to escape the clutches of an abusive partner.
She is now using her experiences to help promote Women's Aid.
But she is less than happy that Staffordshire Women's Aid will lose 20 per cent of its funding – around £76,000 – from October after Staffordshire County Council pulled the cash.
Councillor Haberfield said: "It's a huge shame that cuts are being made to such a vital service.
"People don't realise how many women and children are helped by Women's Aid on a daily basis.
"I know first-hand how important the service is, even if it's just having someone on the other end of the phone who understands what you're going through.
"This funding was vital for keeping refuges open for those who sometimes have to leave in the middle of the night and have nowhere to go."
Women's Aid officials have already warned one of its refuges could close as a result of the cuts.