Walking in heels to raise awareness

By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 30 November 2012 Updated: 04/12 14:07

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MEN FROM across the borough and beyond joined together to walk a mile in high heels in a bid to raise awareness of domestic violence.

As part of the White Ribbon campaign's 16 Days of Action, These Heels Are Made For Walking involved nearly 20 men, including council leader Bill Hartnett and Coun Brandon Clayton.

The men wore t-shirts highlighting the cause, as well as their heels, and handed out goody bags and stickers to onlookers in Market Place, Church Green and the Kingfisher Shopping Centre on Friday (November 30).

Coun Hartnett told the Standard: "The walk was fantastic, there were lots of people stopping and asking questions. Although it was a light hearted event, there is a serious edge to it.

"The campaign needs to continue until we eradicate domestic violence. We want people to come forward, to hear survivors' stories and to make it totally unacceptable for domestic violence to happen in this country."

Martin Lakeman, co-ordinator for the Worcestershire Forum Against Domestic Abuse, said it was a good opportunity to raise awareness and had been a really positive event.

"It has helped raise awareness around the impact of domestic abuse, not just on women but also on men, children and people in same sex relationships. One of the messages is to say to victims, don't suffer in silence."

Stonham's James Busby was one of the men to take part in the event. He said the main reason was to show violence against women was not acceptable, as well as raising awareness of domestic abuse in general.

Mo Dennis from Surestart, who works with families affected by violence, added: "It is a great cause and we got a lot of good responses. Hopefully the message will have got across to everyone who saw us."

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