As Mayor, I am occasionally asked to do something that might seem…well not very mayor like. Walking in high heels on the streets of Downtown Orlando last night would be one of those things. But it was for a good cause and, I’ll admit, was some good fun.
To help raise awareness about domestic abuse and the resources available to survivors through Harbor House of Central Florida, I took part in the third annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.
The City of Orlando prides itself as a leader in the fight against domestic violence. The Orlando Police Department and City staff work year round with Harbor House to increase public awareness of domestic violence and its prevalence, and to eliminate it through prevention and education.
The problem of domestic violence is not confined to any group and crosses all racial, religious and economic barriers. Victims should have support to find the compassion, comfort and healing they need, while domestic abusers should be punished to the full extent of the law.
If walking a few blocks in a pair of high heels makes even one survivor aware of Harbor House and how to find help to leave an abusive relationship, it’s all worth it.
To learn more about Harbor House and its resources, click here.
– Buddy Dyer, Mayor