Record numbers of men turn out for domestic violence campaign

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is a partnership project between the Council, Cadwyn Housing Association and the Vale of Glamorgan Council and is now in its fourth year. This year the event attracted record numbers of participants, boasting 37 more walkers than last year.

Starting at Cardiff Castle the walk followed a one mile route around the city centre, finishing back at the Castle. Members of the public and male employees from organisations such as South Wales Police, Cadwyn Housing, Safer Wales and Royal Mail were joined on the walk by senior figures.

Cardiff Council Cabinet Memberfor Strategic Planning and Transport and White Ribbon Ambassador Cllr Caro Wild participated in the walk. He said: "The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest global movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls, promoting gender equality and a new version of masculinity.

"Today's event demonstrated our commitment to working towards changing cultures and abolishing unacceptable behaviours inside and outside of the workplace. The growth in this event shoes that Cardiff is a city that is challenging attitudes and will not tolerate violence against women in any form."

Chris O'Meara, Chief Executive at Cadwyn Housing Association said: "The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes had a humble beginning when we first took part in 2014.  It involved 14 men from Cadwyn walking a mile down Newport Road with a banner of support for the White Ribbon Campaign. Tackling domestic abuse is a priority at Cadwyn and I'm extremely proud of how this walk has grown year on year and how much awareness it helps to raise for such an important issue."

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)