To bring awareness to domestic violence in the community, brave men (and women) will walk in high-heeled shoes at the second annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event organized by the YWCA of San Diego County.
Many of the participants walk in high heel shoes through downtown San Diego, but it's not a requirement.
The one-mile walk will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 15.
Because of the governor's cutbacks, organizers say this year's event is more important than ever and unfortunately registration is down so far.
The fundraiser is a family-friendly event that calls light-hearted attention to domestic violence and builds awareness of its impact. All of the proceeds go to support the YWCA's Becky's House domestic violence programs.
The YWCA's Walk a Mile fundraiser is part of October's National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and is one of many that take place across the United States.
The walks ends at a reception. Registration is currently under way for individuals as well as teams from companies and community group. Children and school groups are welcome.
To register, go to www.ywcasandiego.org.'
YWCA of San Diego County offers tips to recognize physical and emotional symptoms of domestic violence and to break the cycle
A September 2006 poll commissioned by Liz Claiborne Inc. revealed that two in three Americans (64%) found it hard to recognize a situation and want more information about what to do when confronted with domestic violence (65%). However, seven in ten Americans (69%) will take some action when they can recognize the symptoms, which go beyond just physical abuse. While they do not know the patterns or symptoms of abusive behavior, if armed with the right knowledge, bystanders will take action that can save a person's life.
Batterers often use power and control tactics to establish patterns of intimidation in an intimate relationship. With the summer's warmer weather approaching, the YWCA of San Diego County reminds women and bystanders to look for these symptoms of domestic violence when tension flares up as the mercury rises:
- Blowing up at little things.
- Isolation from friends and family.
- Cannot express emotions verbally.
- Treats a partner like property.
- Solves problems with violence.
- Blames others for their own faults.
An abusive situation will worsen if action is not taken. The counselors at the YWCA of San Diego County encourage women and their loved ones to break the cycle of violence and offer these proven methods to address violence they may experience:
- Look for support and guidance from outside the relationship.
- Ask for help from a health professional or youth counselor.
- Think about what you expect from your relationship.
- Don't take any form of abusive behavior.
- Communicate with your partner about the situation.
- Look into legal protection (temporary restraining orders, file charges).
- Call 9-1-1 if immediately threatened or in danger.
There is a 24-hour domestic violence hotline that victims are encouraged to call, 619-234-3164. Domestic violence touches everyone in the community regardless of financial stature or race. The YWCA of San Diego County is a safe haven and a place where victims of domestic violence can get help in a safe confidential environment.
Since 1907, the YWCA of San Diego County has worked to improve our community by increasing the status of women, girls and families, and advancing racial justice. For more information on the YWCA, programs and services, please visit www.ywcasandiego.org.