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Walking in women’s shoes on abuse issue

Walking in women’s shoes on abuse issue Walking in women’s shoes on abuse issue
Updated: 10:28 am, May 07, 2015

A STUNNING range of heels were on display in the town centre as Redditch men slipped on a pair of women’s footwear to stamp out domestic violence.

The annual Heels Walk took place in and around the Kingfisher Shopping Centre and saw 17 men walking a mile in stilettos, boots and sandals to promote an anti-abuse message.

It formed part of the 16 Days of Action and was the third year Redditch has hosted the event.

Borough council leader Bill Hartnett, who has taken part each year, said: “The staggering statistic is one in four women in the UK will be a victim of domestic abuse which can significantly worsen and in some tragic cases cut short their life.

“Two women in the country die every week at the hands of their current or former partner so the walk brings attention to the fact abuse should not be tolerated and people should come forward and report it as there are agencies willing to help. It was a light-hearted event with a serious message behind it.”

Alasdair Baker, community safety project officer at the council, added the walk was a ‘visual and interactive way’ of drawing attention to the message.

“It is fantastic to have continued support for the Heels Walk which is now in its third year – the heels get bigger and bolder every year.”