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Shoes represent domestic violence victims
Polk County Enterprise - October 2009
In Texas during 2008, 136 women were murdered by their intimate partner. That number speaks louder than words. Those 136 women were daughters, mothers, sisters, aunts, neighbors, and friends. They were just like the women you see every day- at the doctor’s office, in the supermarket, or at your child’s school. They had the same goals and dreams for their children as we do. They loved just like us. Yet abuse shattered those goals and dreams. The domestic numbers are rising — and as the community, we need to keep those numbers from rising higher. “This year at the courthouse, there are 136 pairs of shoes hanging from the trees,” said Rachel Slocomb, program director for SAAFE House. “Each pair of shoes represents one of the lives that was taken by domestic violence. This year, even Polk County made the state statistic. One of the pairs of shoes represents the life of Karen Coward. We can help prevent more shoes from being displayed.” As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, SAAFE House wants to help educate our community. If you, or anyone you know is a victim of domestic violence, please call our 24-hour hotline at 936-327- 2513. SAAFE House is a non-profit agency working to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Services that we offer include shelter, advocacy, counseling, legal advocacy, and preventative educational presentations. If you are interested in volunteering — whether it be at our office, shelter, or resale shop — call Rachel Slocomb at 936-327-6427 for more information.