carol3Family Services Safe Relationships Division will host the seventh annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® on Saturday, September 12, 2015. The walk will begin at Family Services’ Gateway location at 1200 S. Broad Street in Winston-Salem. Participants will walk down Salem Avenue and return to the event site.

On-site registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. The walk will begin at 9:00 a.m. A registration fee $20 per adult and $10 per student, will be collected on the day of the walk to help offset the expense of providing this vital educational demonstration to the broader community.

The event will also provide education about Family Services and its comprehensive intervention and advocacy programs that help victims, survivors and their families to build safe and healthier lives.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® is an international movement to end rape, sexual assault, emotional and physical abuse, and domestic violence. Men are invited to literally walk one mile in women’s shoes to show their support for eradicating violence against women. A wide array of shoes will be available for men who wish to borrow them for the walk.

In America, one in four women will become a victim of domestic violence at some point in her life.  Last year, Family Services responded to more than 1,200 calls for assistance and helped more than 1,400 victims, providing temporary shelter for 246 individuals—114 of whom were children.

“The community must work together to create a safer, healthier place to live and work. As more people are aware of domestic violence, the more effectively we can respond as a community and prevent its occurrence.  That is why we also invite women, teens, college students and children to support men as they walk the walk to demonstrate the importance of community support,” says Joetta Shepherd, director of Family Services’ Safe Relationships Division.

For nearly 40 years, Family Services has helped victims of domestic abuse and family violence to obtain immediate and long-term safety, empowerment, dignity and hope. Generous donations have made this possible.

This year, Family  Services is placing community awareness at the forefront of its Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in order to focus on the importance of inclusion, action, and education.

For more information, please contact Kenyetta Richmond at 336.722.8173 or by email at krichmond@fsifamily.org