In October, the Montgomery County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council launched the “Walk in Their Shoes” campaign in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The campaign featured displays of pairs of shoes accompanied by the stories of domestic violence survivors who live in Montgomery County. Intended to highlight the prevalence of domestic violence, guide viewers on how to help a loved one experiencing domestic violence, and provide access to free local resources available for victims of abuse, the displays can be seen at the Montgomery County Public Libraries, Montgomery County Recreation Centers, police stations and other sites across the County.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in 2019, Black/African American women accounted for 14% of the U.S. female population, but 28% of the females killed by males in single victim/single offender incidents where the race of the victim was known. The problem is further worsened by many Black/African American women not reporting incidents of violence because they do not want their partners and loved ones involved with the criminal justice system.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline by calling 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), visiting www.thehotline.org or texting LOVEIS to 22522.