Local Men Walk A Mile In Her Shoes
On any given day, licensed domestic violence programs in West Virginia provide services to over 600 women, children, and men. On Sept. 25 men from all walks of life walked one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes, or other feminine footwear, at the hydro plant ball park in New Martinsville to protest domestic and gender violence. The event was sponsored by the YWCA Wheeling Family Violence Prevention Program and the Walk-A-Mile-In-Her-Shoes.org. Proceeds from walkers benefited the domestic violence prevention efforts in the Wetzel County area.
Many male community members and leaders proclaimed their solidarity with the domestic and gender violence prevention movement by marching in high heels, with women and children marching at their side. The event was well-attended and included many members of the community as well as from outlying areas.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality, or educational background. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime. To find help for yourself or someone you know, visit “http://www.ywcawheeling.org”>www.ywcawheeling.org or call 304-232-0511, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
YWCA Family Violence Prevention Program staff members are also available for presentations on domestic violence, dating violence, bullying, and elder abuse; to schools, youth service organizations, church groups, and any other community groups. Call 304-232-2748 for more information or to schedule a presentation.