Ms Cutland (far right) with well heeled walkers
Men in heels, together with Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Chris Cutland and fellow women’s champions, brought greater awareness of domestic violence against women to the streets of Eastwood last Saturday (15 February).
Ms Cutland launched the mile-long “These Heels Were Made for Walking” event in support of the White Ribbon Campaign in which men work together to end male violence against women.
Any proceeds from the optional sponsorship element of the event will go to the walk’s organisers, the Broxtowe Women’s Project, which works to tackle and prevent domestic abuse and support women with drop in and outreach services. Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping has already supported the Project with £3,020 from his Community Safety Fund.
Ms Cutland said: “It was heart-warming to see the men don women’s shoes, including high heels, to help raise awareness of domestic abuse, publicise how to support someone experiencing it and highlight where to go for help.
“Domestic violence against women so often happens behind closed doors, which is why it’s so important for victims to know that help is available. It’s shocking that one in four women will experience physical abuse in their lifetime and that almost a million children witness domestic violence at home every year in the UK.
“The concerted and willing efforts made by our male walkers during this event spoke volumes, and their support is so very much appreciated.”
The walkers – who were also supported by Deputy Town Mayor Ken Kenny, fellow councillors and firefighters – followed a circular route that began and ended at Dunn-Lite, taking in the war memorial, Hill Top and Eastwood Square. On the way, they passed the fire station where an appliance was draped with a white ribbon and firefighters came out in force in heels.
Broxtowe Women’s Project is using its Community Safety funding to finance local distribution of information and publicity with a view to plugging gaps in knowledge and social attitudes around domestic violence. This has included circulating 5,000 leaflets to a wide range of community organisations including Citizens Advice Bureaux, health clinics, GP surgeries, schools, and volunteer and leisure centres.
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Posted on Tuesday 18th February 2014