There is an old saying: "You can't really understand another person's experience until you've walked a mile in their shoes."  On Thursday, September 19, 2013, District Attorney David Capeless proudly led the male staff members of his office in the third annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event to benefit the Elizabeth Freeman Center and its local programs, while raising awareness of the issue of violence against women.

"Once again, I and all the other male staff members of the District Attorney’s Office - prosecutors, advocates, and administrative staff  -  came out, red pumps and all, to support our partners at EFC and to shine a brighter light on the dark social ill of domestic violence."

Domestic violence can affect anyone, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion.  It can include physical, emotional and sexual abuse, isolation, financial threats and intimidation.  It affects not just women, but the men who care about them, their families, their friends, their coworkers, and their communities. 

By literally walking in women’s shoes, the men who participated helped raise awareness about the importance of community involvement in supporting survivors and the agencies that provide services to them.