Members of Nottinghamshire WIs hold a vigil in Newark to raise awareness of domestic violence
AROUND 100 members of the Women's Institutes took part in a march and vigil in Newark to raise awareness of domestic violence.
Despite the poor weather, women travelled from across the county took part in the vigil in Newark Market Place on Wednesday.
It was part of a national campaign by the Women's Institute to raise awareness of the issue.
"This is a very important issue for us," said Helen Rose, vice-chairman of the Nottinghamshire Federation.
"The WI is all about educating and making life better for women.
"This campaign is about raising awareness of violence to women, both in the home and in the street, and making it safer for women to be able to walk the streets."
The women, carrying lanterns and carrying placards, marched from County House, near the River Trent, into the Market Place, where they were met by the Mayor of Newark, who gave a message of support.
A five-minute silence was held for victims of domestic violence.