Victim Support is closing more than half of its bureaux in Durham due to a reduction in funding.
The Durham division of the charity blames a 10 per cent drop in grants from its national organisation for the decision.
It also claims it cannot afford to carry out alterations to its Darlington offices, which are essential in order for it to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act.
Glen Reynolds, spokesman for Victim Support in Durham, said five offices in the county are likely to close and the staff merged into two regional offices for the north and south of the county.
Reynolds admitted that administration jobs were at risk, but said that outreach volunteers would continue to work in areas affected by closures.
He said: "We hope that the reorganisation will have a minimal impact on our services."
A spokesman at the national Victim Support office said that funding is allocated according to regional need.
- See Communications News, p11.