Remove Images

October is domestic violence awareness month
Men in high heel shoes hope to stomp out domestic violence


October 18, 2012

Leslie Abernathy speaks to the attendees of the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event.ADITYA BHATIA.
Cupcakes in the shapes of shoes were made by a volunteer.ADITYA BHATIA.
Awards the participants could win at the event.ADITYA BHATIA.
Zach Abernathy is "dressed" up and confident for the walk.ADITYA BHATIA.
Bill Roach takes on the challenge of wearing the highest heels of all the men.ADITYA BHATIA.
Mike Cochran goes above and beyond with his support of the event.ADITYA BHATIA.
Women’s shoes for the brave men.ADITYA BHATIA.
CUMMING, Ga. — People who went to Fowler Park last weekend were in for quite a surprise.

Men were walking around in women's shoes and some were even in dresses and wigs.

It was not a Halloween party, but all for a good laugh and awareness of a serious topic — domestic violence.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes was held Oct. 7 to help fund the Forsyth County Family Haven shelter, a local domestic violence center.

Solicitor General Leslie Abernathy, organizer and chairwoman of the Forsyth County Domestic Violence Task Force, said the goal of the event was to cause a paradigm shift away from questioning the woman, "Why don't you leave the relationship?" to asking the man, "Why don't you stop?"

It was the event's second year and there was a good turnout with lots of men ready to participate, all for different reasons.

"It's a very worthy cause," said Bill Roach, of Cumming.

Visit or call 770-887-1121 for the 24-hour hotline to receive crisis counseling or shelter.