Hundreds of men and women – all in high heels – walked through downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter Thursday as part of a fundraiser to raise awareness on breaking the cycle of domestic violence. The 7th annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” walk kicked off at 6 p.m. at 4th Avenue and K Street. The program raised funds for the San Diego County YWCA, an organization that empowers women, children and families to end domestic violence and homelessness and achieve self-sufficiency.
After the purposeful stroll, participants enjoyed an after-party at Jolt’n Joe’s on 4th Avenue, complete with live music, food and drinks. According to the San Diego County YWCA, one in four women face domestic violence.
This event is designed to educate on that issue and raise money for Becky’s House, a program of the YWCA that offers a safe haven for victims of domestic violence to overcome trauma and improve their lives. Becky’s House includes a 24-hour domestic violence hotline, an emergency shelter and four transitional housing communities. The program also provides supportive services including counseling, legal, financial, housing and employment resources to more than 5,000 people every year.