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The Northwest Georgia Family Crisis Center will have the fifth annual “Walk A Mile in Her Shoes” event Thursday with registration at 1:30 p.m. and the one-mile walk at 2 p.m. from the 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 walk a mile in a pair of women’s shoes to raise awareness and funds to support the center’s efforts. 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. Participants are asked to collect pledges in support of their mile walk in heels. A prize will be awarded to the man with the “best shoes.”

All proceeds will go to provide services to help victims and survivors of domestic violence in our community. Donations to the center are tax deductible.

“Spectators are welcome at this event,” event organizer Lisa Painter said. “Join us for the walk or be there to cheer along the walkers.”

Last year’s event had just under 100 participants and raised more than $3,200 for the center. 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.

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

The center has served the northwest Georgia community for more than 30 years. Its 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 and Calhoun. The center serves Gordon, Murray and Whitfield county residents. The Family Crisis Center hotline is (706) 278-5586.

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