The Northwest Georgia Family Crisis Center holds its seventh annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event on Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Dalton State College Burran Bell Tower.

The event is inspired by the phrase "You can't really understand another person's experience until you've walked a mile in their shoes." The center is asking men to step out against domestic violence and walk a mile in a pair of women's shoes to raise awareness and funds to support the center's efforts.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the walk begins at noon from the Burran Bell Tower. While the event is designed to get men involved in this important issue, women and children are welcome to participate in the walk and may wear any type of shoe.

There is a $10 registration fee for the walk. Participants may pre-register by contacting the center's administrative line at (706) 278-6595. A prize will be awarded to the man with the best shoes. All proceeds will provide services to help victims and survivors of domestic violence in the community. Donations to the center are tax deductible.

The center has served the northwest Georgia community for more than 35 years. The purpose of the center is to end violence in the home by providing shelter, advocacy and support to victims while working in communities to change attitudes, beliefs and behaviors. The center provides emergency shelter for domestic violence victims and their children. In addition to a shelter, the center provides outreach services through offices in Murray and Gordon counties.

"The 'Walk a Mile' event is designed to raise awareness about domestic violence issues in the Whitfield County community," center director Katora Printup said. "While the event is supposed to be fun, the underlying issues are distressing. The walk allows all community members to take a stand and promote a zero-tolerance attitude. By participating in the walk, citizens are acknowledging that domestic violence is wrong and that it needs to stop. In 2016, we served 1,479 new clients, but it is common knowledge that many domestic violence incidences go unreported because victims fear for their safety, while others do not realize that help is available. There is a 24-hour crisis line -- (706) 278-5586 -- for anyone that needs help."

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