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A CAMPAIGN targeting domestic violence during the World Cup has been deemed a success.

During the tournament, a number of volunteers gave up their time to help victims of domestic abuse.

Volunteers accompanied police officers to incidents of domestic abuse and spoke to victims.

Run by charity Aurora New Dawn, 93 referrals were received which is three times the number compared to the same period last year.

Three victims left the perpetrator immediately after the incident when a volunteer accompanied a police officer.

Shonagh Dillon, chief executive officer at Aurora New Dawn said: ‘There is considerable international evidence to suggest a link between sport and violence against women of different kinds.

‘The increase in alcohol consumption that accompanies major sporting events such as football’s World Cup means that there is a spike in incidents of abuse during these events.

‘With this funding from the police and crime commissioner Aurora New Dawn were able to manage this peak in incidents across the county and support more victims and survivors.’