On Saturday, October 5, 2013, Alternatives for Battered Women, Monroe County’s licensed domestic violence organization, will hold its annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event at Ontario Beach Park. The Rochester office of Empire Justice Center is so proud to have a team walking this year. This major event by Alternatives for Battered Women is their kickoff event for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Walk raises funds to support their work with victims of domestic violence, as well as awareness of the topic. “Walk a Mile” was founded by a man, and stands as a call to action for all men to stop violence against women-and all victims. The Walk is an international event, and for over a decade has had tens of thousands of participants and raised millions of dollars for local rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters, as well as education and prevention programs. To learn more about the local event, click here. For more information on the history and mission of the Walk, click here.
Throughout the year, Empire Justice Center works hard to address domestic violence issues from a variety of angles. From providing training and support to domestic violence organizations, legal advocates, and others to advocating for change to both legislation and public policy, we strive toward the goal of making the lives of victims of domestic violence, and all New Yorkers, better. At the Walk, we’ll do this good work in stilettos—or sneakers!
Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior that is intentionally used by the abusive person to gain or maintain power and control over their intimate partner. Coercive tactics can include physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, and economic abuse or threats. Abusive conduct injures, humiliates, frightens, isolates, threatens, intimidates or manipulates its intended target. Where there are children in a home infected by domestic violence, they may also suffer consequences as witnesses or direct victims of abuse. Domestic violence can happen in new, dating relationships, as well occur over time in more long-term partnerships without regard to gender, sexual orientation, age, race, faith community, and socio-economic status. To learn more about domestic violence, visit the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence website.
To learn how to create a local Walk a Mile team of your own, click here. Please join Empire Justice Center in our support of this most worthy of causes--whether you do it with your feet or your pocketbook! We also encourage everyone to participate in or host a domestic violence awareness event in their community in the month of October. Together we can stop abuse.