Shoes laid to represent women 'lost' to abuse

PUBLISHED: 14:00 12 November 2010

More than 100 pairs of shoes will be laid in Weston's town centre

More than 100 pairs of shoes will be laid in Weston's town centre

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A DOMESTIC violence charity will place 104 pairs of shoes in Weston's town centre to symbolise the number of women who die in England and Wales as a result of abuse.

The Women’s Project, which provides counselling and emergency grants to women who have been affected by domestic abuse, is the founder member of an annual event which raises awareness of this crime.

North Somerset organisations will join forces in support of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 24.

There will be other agencies supporting the Women’s Project on the day and information will be handed out to people who would like to find out about support services in the area.

A campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse aimed at people over 45 will also be launched at the event.

Georgina Peacock, Women’s Project chairman, said: “I think it is a really good way of visually expressing the number of women ‘lost’ to domestic abuse each year.

“And for every woman actually killed there are countless others living in fear of what their current or former partner might do to them.

“Our message is that there is no justification for abuse and that there is help available for those who want to improve their lives.”

The event takes place from 11am-4pm in the town centre, and people who would like more information can ring Amy Jones on 01934 428800 or email Amy.Jones@Wards.uk.com

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