“Empty shoes” signify lives lost to domestic violence
BROWNWOOD – October 17, 2011 – Howard Payne University students (from left) Ricardo Martinez, Alejandra Jaramillo and Natalie Cardenas stop to observe the Empty Shoes exhibit displayed at HPU’s Bettie and Robert Girling Center for Social Justice last week. Each of the 10 pairs of shoes represents a Central Texas woman or child who has died as a result of domestic violence in the past 12 years. The display was provided by the ARK Domestic Violence Shelter in Brownwood to commemorate National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and is now available for viewing at Heartland Mall.
A candlelight vigil for the victims will be held at the Girling Center Thursday, Oct. 27, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The vigil is organized by staff from the ARK and co-hosted by the criminal justice and social work departments at HPU.