Muskogee is fortunate to have a shelter for victims of domestic violence. It's just a shame that it's needed.
But if you look at the police reports daily, you would see that domestic violence is prevalent here.
WISH (Women in Safe Home) has a lengthy history in Muskogee to help combat domestic violence. WISH employees are trained advocates, and WISH provides a safe place for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. They also help victims make plans to break the domestic violence cycle and begin new lives.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reveals alarming statistics:
• 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.
• On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines receive approximately 21,000 calls, approximately 15 calls every minute.
• Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.
Today, WISH is hosting Walk in her Shoes, a domestic violence awareness event that includes a walk from the Muskogee County Courthouse to the Muskogee Civic Center, where a program is scheduled to begin as soon as walkers arrive. Many men who walk wear women's shoes as a sign of solidarity with domestic violence victims. Those who arrive at the courthouse at 11:15 a.m. will have the opportunity to "borrow" women's shoes to make the walk. The group will leave the courthouse at 11:45 a.m. to go to the civic center.
While it's fun to watch men wobble around in heels, the topic is serious. If you know someone experiencing domestic violence, make sure they know that help is available. They just need to take the first step and make a phone call to WISH to begin to put an end to the domestic violence they endure.
WISH Crisis line (918) 682-7878; Business line (918) 682-7879.
Oklahoma hotline (800) 522-SAFE (7233)