© Photo of Sherri Tilley, Diann Samoff, and Rochelle Frazeur by The Flash List
Society of Women Who LOVE Shoes (Dallas)
With one in every four women at risk of domestic violence in her lifetime*, the Society of Women Who LOVE Shoes is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to making a measurable difference in the lives of those affected families.
Through monthly networking meetings and various social events, the group (founded in 2005 by long-term physical abuse survivor, Dianne Samoff) raises funds and promotes awareness to bring about positive change for victims and survivors. Upon escaping the abuse of her first marriage and attempting to find work to support her four children, Samoff was given a suit and a pair of red heels to wear to a job interview.
Now she seeks to do the same for those women who find themselves on a similar journey in life. By collecting and donating new and gently worn shoes to victims of domestic violence, the Society of Women Who LOVE Shoes offers a renewed sense of self-esteem to victims of abuse along with the chance to move forward into a brighter future. In describing the courage that abused women often have to muster in order to leave violent situations, Samoff recognizes that the fear of the unknown can often be a daunting circumstance to overcome:
“I had this picture in my house for years ... and it’s a picture of an iron gate ... and outside is a line of trees that go this way, a dirt road, and trees back there. Is that not the way [women who have been abused] felt? We know what's back here and he may beat me once a month, but I don’t know what’s out there.”
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month; and for persons interested in supporting this particular mission, there are various ways to get involved.Volunteers are always needed locally for tasks such as assisting in research, calling on city councils and churches, as well as delivering shoes to area women’s shelters.
For more information about the Society of Women Who Love Shoes or to become involved, visit them online at: