Walk a mile in her shoes

By Harriet Ernstsons Tuesday 13 November 2012 Updated: 13/11 16:32

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MEN FROM across the district are being called on to show their support for a domestic violence campaign by donning a pair of women's shoes.

To mark the annual 16 Days of Action, an international awareness-raising campaign, men including councillors Bill Hartnett and Brandon Clayton will be walking a mile through Redditch town centre.

The These Heels Are Made For Walking event is a public pledge by those taking part to never commit, condone or remain silent about domestic abuse and sexual violence against women and girls.

Organised by Redditch Borough Council and the Worcestershire Forum Against Domestic Abuse, the walk will start at 2pm on Friday, November 30, with participants able to wear any type of women's shoes, not just high heels.

Council community safety manager Bev Houghton said: "The council is committed to the 16 Days of Action campaign.

"We have a number of staff participating in the walk but we also need local men to register. We'll be at Redditch United Football Club's Valley Stadium this Saturday (November 17) to raise awareness of the campaign and to encourage more men to sign up."

Shoes can be supplied if required and refreshments, plasters and goody bags will be available on the day. To enter, e-mail communitysafety@redditchbc.gov.uk giving a name, number of men in the group and what size shoes are needed.

Free and confidential advice is available 24 hours a day from the Worcestershire Women's Aid Domestic Abuse helpline on 0800 980 3331 or the men’s advice line on 0808 801 0327.

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