Portsmouth games will highlight domestic violence

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A MONTH-LONG campaign to highlight the increase in domestic abuse against women during major sporting events is due to be launched in Portsmouth.

The White Ribbon charity launches its National White Ribbon Relay month with an event starting from 11am in Guildhall Square tomorrow.

Residents will get the chance to play mini-games against firefighters.

During the month-long national campaign, a White Ribbon relay baton will travel to more than 20 towns and cities across the country – stopping at each event.

Paul Edmondson-Jones, director of public health for Portsmouth, said ‘I am delighted to launch this awareness raising events relay.

‘Sporting events can sadly have negative effects on those at risk of domestic abuse – including children.

‘We want to do everything in our power to raise awareness and help both survivors and perpetrators to seek help at the earliest opportunity.’

For information call The National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.