HENDERSON — Aycock Recreation Center will host the first “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event, organized by Henderson’s Infinite Possibilities with other local partners, to raise awareness for domestic violence.
“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Aycock track, as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The month-long observance was launched nationwide in October 1987 as “a way to connect and unite individuals and organizations working on domestic violence issues while raising awareness for those issues,” according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
“We just want to do our part to bring awareness,” said Erin Carter of Infinite Possibilities.
Infinite Possibilities provides social services to women and men who are homeless, at-risk or victims of domestic violence.
On average, close to 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the U.S., according to NCADV, equating to more than 10 million women and men in one year.
“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” is aimed at supporting victims and survivors of domestic violence, and those interested in donating to the cause can sponsor a participant on Saturday.
“Domestic violence is very important,” Carter said. “Yes, we are in a pandemic. But we are still having individuals needing our service, even on a more consistent rate than ever before. It’s just important to do our part for those that might be afraid or don’t have resources.
“We want to be able to put a face and bring a voice to domestic violence and just support those that have been through it … let them know that we’re here.”