On Thursday, January 12, Mr. Jon Holwerda’s law class at Unity Christian High School participated in a Domestic Violence Awareness Simulation, ‘In Her Shoes®’, which is developed and owned by the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Seattle, Washington; www.wscadv.org. In Her Shoes® is a community education tool designed for participants to learn about domestic violence and it’s impact on survivors as well as experience some of the hurdles a victim may come up against. This was a collaborative effort with members of the Sioux County Attorney’s Office, Family Crisis Center, as well as the Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer, Deputy Waylon Pollema.
The law students were put into groups and made their way through simulations by having to make several decisions based on the circumstances they found themselves in. Pollema said, “This was a great experience for the juniors and seniors in Mr. Holwerda’s law class; they were very engaged in this activity and had some great questions.”
Jade Hoisington, the assistant County Attorney, Beverly Clark, Paralegal and Office Manager, and Alison Kamp, the Victim Witness Coordinator, were representatives from the Sioux County Attorney’s Office. Sara Espey (Domestic violence advocate) and Haley DenAdel (Housing advocate) were representatives from the Family Crisis Center. Thank you to all of the volunteers who made this event possible.