VICTORIA - A Vancouver Island woman has been severely injured after being bitten on the face during a domestic dispute.

Police say the 57-year-old Victoria woman was attacked Thursday afternoon at a home in the city.

She was rushed to hospital with injuries described as serious but not life-threatening.

Her alleged attacker, a 22-year-old woman, was arrested a short time later, not far from the scene.

She is now facing several charges, including assault causing bodily harm.

Investigators say alcohol played a major role in the incident.