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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes to end domestic violence

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – Hundreds of men and women took to the streets of the Gaslamp wearing high heels in the seventh annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event to raise awareness for domestic violence.

To understand just how important an event like this is, you have to know the sad stories it's supporting, like that of Isis, who was trapped in an abusive relationship for years.

"It's been so challenging, scary. My ex-husband tracked me down," she said.

But it was the YWCA, the organizers of Thursday's event, that rescued her. They gave her legal counsel, a place to hide and a new start.

"They took me, put me in a safe place to protect me, and there's no words... I'm very grateful," she said.

Heather Finlay is the CEO of the YWCA, and says one in four women will be a victim of domestic violence. But events like this show them they're not alone.

"It's important for people to understand that there's help out there, and that they can get out of those situations, and it's very important to get the support of the community so we can end it," she said.

"Thanks to the YWCA -- and I really mean it with all my heart -- I was able to take myself back, to take my dignity back, not be afraid," Isis said.

That's the reason for this event. Hundreds of men, who are man enough to walk a mile in heels, showed women like Isis they can heal.

"I'm not afraid anymore," Isis said.

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