The old saying goes “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.”

In instances of domestic violence, people often judge victims for staying in a situation. Family and friends may ask them why don’t they just leave. Sometimes it is not that simple.

There are many reasons why a victim of domestic violence could be afraid to leave. Oftentimes there are children involved. Victims may be faced with choosing between packing up and leaving, potentially resulting in the person and their children being homeless, or enduring abuse for shelter. You truly don’t know until you have been in their position.

Today the Northwest Georgia Family Crisis Center holds the fifth annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event to raise awareness and money to help victims of domestic violence, including for its shelter for victims and their children. The walk is at the Dalton State College Bell Tower. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m., and the walk begins at 2 p.m. The registration fee is $10, which includes a T-shirt. Men are asked to walk in high-heeled shoes, but they may decorate another type of shoe if they choose to do so, organizers say.

We encourage members of the community to support this event. With your help, maybe a victim will not have to choose between shelter or abuse.

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