Men to lead the way in domestic violence campaign

In less than a month, men of all ages will proudly don a pair of women's shoes and descend on the Welsh capital to show their support for the campaign to eradicate violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes'will take place on Friday 20thOctober at 10.00am. Males from across Cardiff and beyond are encouraged to participate in the walk which starts at Cardiff Castle and follows a one mile route around the city centre.

Now in its fourth year, the partnership project between Cardiff Council and Cadwyn Housing Association hopes to attract 150 participants, 50 more than last year.

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Organisers are also appealing for women's footwear for participants ‘to squeeze their feet into' on the day, so if you have anyshoes in sizes eight or above that you no longer want, or if you are a retailer with generous women's footwear in stock that you could donate please come forward.

Cabinet Member for Social Care, Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Susan Elsmore said: "As a local authority we aim to raise awareness of violence against women, challenge attitudes and engage men in discussing these issues. ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes'is one of our key events to promote the city's commitment to the White Ribbon Campaign.

"Our successful partnership with Cadwyn Housing Association has meant the event has gone from strength to strength and this year we would like to recruit even more men to take part.

"Although there is an element of fun surrounding the event, the message is very clear. Indeed, the walk itself demonstrates a public and visible commitment that those taking part will not condone violence against women in any form. I encourage organisations and members of the public to sign-up to this very significant event."

Chris O'Meara, Cadwyns' Chief Executive said: "This event started with fourteen men who worked for Cadwyn, walking down Newport Road in high heels and carrying a banner of support. It's fantastic to see how it's growing. However much women support this cause, men standing up to say that domestic violence is always wrong is always going to be a more powerful message. We are very keen to continue supporting this campaign."

Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transport and Cardiff Council's Domestic Abuse Champion, Cllr Caro Wild said: "This campaign aims to encourage a zero tolerance approach to domestic violence against women. As a White Ribbon ambassador I encourage other men to sign-up to be a part of this integral event, pledging never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women."

Every year in the UK more than one million women suffer domestic abuse and more than 360,000 are sexually assaulted. Although abuse against women is disproportionately higher, anyone can be affected by violence and abuse.

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If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse you can seek help and support from the Live Fear Free helpline: 0808 80 10 800 (24hr free confidential helpline)