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A PORTSMOUTH group has been involved in a national relay to raise awareness about the rise in domestic violence towards women during major sporting events.

The White Ribbon relay is a national event happening in 25 cities across the UK.

It sees a baton passed between cities to help raise awareness about violence against women, as the country prepares for a busy summer of sporting events.

On Saturday a fun day was organised in Guildhall Square with sports, games and activities, to mark the event as the first baton was passed in the city by the local White Ribbon group.

Shonagh Dillon, of support group Aurora New Dawn, said: ‘It was good fun.

‘We had a few young people and children join in who were walking past. It raised awareness and that’s what the event was all about.

‘We are preparing for a busy few months. We know that violence increases because sport is often in a very male-dominated world. They are fuelled by testosterone and there is a lot of drinking.

‘We know that this increases violence against women. We really wanted to highlight it.’