Right now, hundreds of men, women and children are living in a home with domestic violence but the Santa Clarita Valley community can “walk a mile in her shoes” to be the voice to end domestic violence.
But Walk A Mile In Her Shoes isn’t just for women, men are encouraged to take a stand against domestic violence.
Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley leaders are asking Santa Clarita men to take a stand against domestic violence by participating in Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.
“It is something that both men and women need to work to end,” said Linda Davies, executive director of the DVC of SCV. “We need to be able to end the cycle of violence.”
For the first time, the leaders of the Domestic Violence Center of the Santa Clarita Valley and Alliance Against Family Violence & Sexual Assault are partnering with Outlets at Tejon Saturday, May 9 to raise awareness about domestic violence and raise funds for services for those in need.
From 2013-2014, the DVC of SCV served 1,214 victims of domestic violence. One in 33 men are abused, Davies added, one four women are abused.
Participants of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes can register at the Outlets at Tejon website or at 9 a.m. the day of the event. The registration fee is $15 online and $20 the day of.
The walk begins at 10 a.m. with the end of the walk celebration at 11 a.m.
“Men in leadership need to stand up against men’s violence against women,” Davies said. “When we call someone a victim of domestic violence, call someone a battered women, we take the man out of the equation.”
Participants can bring their own heels or rent heels on site.
“This just heightens the awareness in the community and we’re educating these men when they come,” Davies said. “It’s your mother, sister, daughter — these things are happening to women that you are close to.”
Recently, College of the Canyons officials held a Men, Women, Sex and Violence seminar with Jackson Katz, a nationally acclaimed educator, author, filmmaker, Ted Talk Speaker and social theorist.
“He was talking about how men should be taking more of a leadership role around domestic violence and have more influence on other men,” Davies said. “I love this whole premise about having men walking in high heels to raise money for domestic violence awareness.”