Janesville, Wisconsin – YWCA Rock County launched an expanded virtual fundraiser ahead of 2020 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. The money raised will directly benefit domestic violence victims, by providing vital funding for YWCA Rock County’s emergency domestic violence shelter and other essential resources.
Due to COVID-19 related closures of businesses and entertainment venues, many people are finding themselves taking more walks as a way to get out of the house and to exercise. Virtual fundraising teams, led Ambassadors, will use those extra walking miles to raise money and awareness.
In 2019, YWCA Rock County provided a safe place to stay for approximately 160 children and 95 abused women. Additionally 200 domestic violence victims received legal advocacy services and another 725 people called or texted YWCA Rock County’s 24-hour help line.
“The terrible reality is that this is a dangerous time for women and children with the ‘Safer at Home’ order,” said Brandi Magel, Legal Advocate, YWCA Rock County. “This is a situation that many abusers are using to exploit more power and control and to increase physical violence. Since the lockdown began, domestic violence rates have doubled in the United States, meaning for victims that have children at home from school, the children may also experience domestic violence at a higher rate, either by witnessing violence, or being abused themselves.”
The fundraising teams will raise money through August 7, when YWCA Rock County hosts Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. The event, in its 14th year, will be held at the former Sears building at the Janesville Mall. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. with check-in and shoe fittings, the walk begins at 5:30 p.m.