What do some North Texas men and women do on a typical Tuesday night? Some gathered to have their fashionable footwear judged. Although there was a contest for the best pair of shoes, it’s much more than just about the glitz and the glam. Hundreds gathered at Sambuca in Dallas to raise awareness towards domestic violence.
“A lot of our volunteers have been abused but they can come and enjoy a party and no one’s looking at them as if they were abused,” said the Founder of Society of Women Who Love Shoes Dianne Samoff.
So what is the driving force behind the Society of Women Who Love Shoes and how are they teaming up with other nonprofits?
“We would like to be their alliance,” said Samoff. “When they need something they don’t have we want them to reach out to Society of Women Who Love Shoes. We can do a drive and help them get it.”
With networking events, the society is forming relationships with community members and collecting shoes for various women’s shelters across the metroplex such as Hope’s Door.
“The last time I saw my dad hit my mother, he shoved a screwdriver through her face,” said Director of Community Relations of Hope’s Door Adela Plasek. “It doesn’t stop there either. I wish I could say it did. My mother then had to raise three girls on her own and she did the best she could but unfortunately since she was a victim of abuse she then did not stop the cycle there. She afflicted that abuse upon her three girls and my youngest sister died when she tried to get away from her boyfriend.”
Both Samoff and Plasek say that if someone has been a victim of domestic violence, speaking out can help battle the silent epidemic that plagues many families.
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