The Northwest Georgia Family Crisis Center will host the sixth annual "Walk a Mile In Her Shoes" event on Wednesday at the Burran Bell Tower at Dalton State College.

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 to walk a mile in a pair of women's shoes to raise awareness and funds to support the center's efforts.

The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the one-mile walk will start at noon at 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 Crisis Center's administrative line at (706) 278-6595. A prize will be awarded to the man judged to have the "best shoe."

All proceeds will help provide services to 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 37 years. The center's purpose 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 advocacy and client support services through offices in Dalton, Chatsworth and Calhoun. The 24-hour hotline number for services is (706) 278-5586.

Dr. Natalie Johnson, a board member, said of the event, "All community members are encouraged to participate in this event to increase awareness of domestic violence and to support the center that works diligently to support domestic violence survivors, to help them stay safe and get back on their feet."

Last year's event raised just less than $4,000. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and this event is designed to increase awareness of both the problem of domestic violence and the resources available to the community. You can find more information about the center's October events on its Facebook page.

Call the center at (706) 278-6595 for registration information.

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