Celebrity shoes go on show to highlight domestic abuse
Shoes from celebrities such as Twiggy, Cherie Blair, Davina McCall and Tamzin Outhwaite will go on show in Tunbridge Wells as part of an exhibition to mark National Domestic Awareness Week.
The “Put yourself in my shoes…” exhibition at the Trinity will highlight the fact that nationally two women a week are killed as a result of domestic abuse.
A total of 104 pairs will go on show – representing the number of victims every year.
The shoes also include pairs from local personalities Kaddy Lee-Preston, Cheryl Baker, Louise Jamieson and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council chief executive Sheila Wheeler. Town & Country Housing's artist in residence Jane Churchill has been helping to create the exhibition and is pictured here hanging a pair of shoes from 10-year-old local girl Leonore Oxley alongside those of former Coronation Street star Julie Goodyear (Bet Lynch).
The event has been organised by Ailsa Paton, Domestic Abuse Services Coordinator for the Tunbridge Wells Community Safety Partnership.
She said: “Displaying a pair of shoes makes you think about the person who wore them, it also almost allows you to ‘see’ the person standing there –reminding you of the people they represent who are no longer here because of domestic violence.”
One in four women will experience domestic abuse. This can include emotional, financial, sexual and mental abuse as well as physical assaults.
Nationally two women a week are killed. Last year five women were killed in Kent.
750,000 children a year witness domestic abuse, 75 per cent of these are placed on the child protection register because of it.
70 cases each month are reported to Tunbridge Wells Police. This is thought to be the tip of the iceberg with the true level of abuse at least four times higher.
Most women don’t report domestic abuse, either because they think they won’t be taken seriously or because of fear of repercussions from their abuser.
£686million cost per year on the economy of Kent. This includes days off work, loss of income, medical treatment, policing costs. Every death costs £11million.