CAMPAIGNERS pulled on a pair of high heels and hobbled through the city streets to raise awareness of domestic abuse.

The event, titled 'Walk a Mile in her Shoes', was organised by the University of Worcester as part of the White Ribbon Campaign against domestic abuse and sexual violence.

More than 20 men and women put on their best stilettos and kitten heels to take part in the march, which began at The Hive and finished opposite the cathedral.

Among those taking part were Worcester Wolves basketball players, police officers, fire officers, university lecturers and students.

Professor Erica Bowen, professor of prevention of violence and abuse and head of research at the University of Worcester’s National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse, said: "We were very pleased with the support for the event, in particular from the Worcester Wolves, Women's Aid and also Green watch from the fire service.

"We had nearly double the number of people this year in contrast to last year, and we are planning on this being an annual event. It was also really encouraging to hear messages of support from members of the public as we walked through the city."

The walk is the second event of its kind to run in the city. Last year 25 firemen, students and lecturers took part.

During the White Ribbon Campaign - also known as the 16 Days of Action - residents are being asked to 'say no' to domestic violence and sign a pledge.


If you need help call the Worcestershire 24 hour domestic abuse helpline on 0800 980 3331 or the Worcestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre's Helpline on 01905 724514.