Men will walk streets in heels

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Men will walk the streets of Eastwood in high heels to raise awareness of domestic violence.

The Broxtowe Women’s Project – a support group for victims of domestic abuse in the town – organised the event and has got Nottinghamshire’s crime commissioner Paddy Tipping on board to take part.

The group, all in stilettos, will start out in Nottingham Road and will walk around the town tackling the tricky cobbled side streets to show that men do not condone domestic violence.

One of the support workers, who wanted to keep her identification anonymous, said the idea came from America.

“We came across an article of men doing a walk in heels in America and it was really eye-catching.

“We wanted to bring awareness to the community, particularly in an area where domestic violence is so prevalent. We thought it would be thought-provoking. It just seemed so ideal.”

It is the first charity event staff at the Broxtowe Women’s Project has organised. Events, such as school fairs, are usually co-ordinated by a designated fundraising group.

Local dignitaries and Paddy Tipping’s deputy Chris Cutland will also be taking part, and Broxtowe Mayor Iris White will also be showing her support at the event on February 15.

The ‘walk in heels’ is part of the White Ribbon Campaign – men working to end violence against women.

Eastwood has the highest rate of domestic violence in the borough.

Men are still needed to take part. Call the women’s project on 01773 718 555.