October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and once again Patricia Smith and the Bold and Beautiful Red Hatters of Cedartown are sponsoring a “Walk a Mile in her Shoes” at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23.
The walk will officially begin at 6 p.m. at the Cedartown Welcome Center, 609 N. Main St. It will end at old Wendy’s parking lot.
Featured singer will be Nancy Wood, and the guest speaker will be Chief Jamie Newsom. The program is designed to motivate and educate the public about the issue of domestic violence.
Members of the Red Hatters are encouraging residents to purchase and post a sign on their lawn in support of the event.
Organizers hope the observance will help people realize that domestic violence is not limited to one area. “It can become a tragedy for any family,” they noted.
Red Hatters plan to invite Cedartown public safety officials to take part in the walk. An invitation is also extended to churches, businesses and others who want to be a part of this event.
T-shirts for the walk will be available. For more information about sizes and orders, contact Pam Robinson at 770-714-2596.
Domestic violence facts:
1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime.
Women experience more than 4 million physical assaults and rapes because of their partners, and men are victims of nearly 3 million physical assaults.
Women are more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than men.
Women ages 20 to 24 are at greatest risk of becoming victims of domestic violence.
Every year, 1 in 3 women who is a victim of homicide is murdered by her current or former partner.
Annually, more than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes.
Children who live in homes where there is domestic violence also suffer abuse or neglect at high rates (30% to 60%).
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness among families.
Survivors of domestic violence face high rates of depression, sleep disturbances, anxiety, flashbacks, and other emotional distress.
Domestic violence costs more than $37 billion a year in law enforcement involvement, legal work, medical and mental health treatment, and lost productivity at companies.
For more information call Patricia Smith at 770-546-4717.