Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter began the Silent Witness Project in 2013. The annual event, which coincides with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, is modeled from the Silent Witness National Initiative.
The Silent Witness Initiative is a travelling memorial of life-sized red silhouettes honoring the lives of women, men, and children murdered in acts of domestic violence. The project began in Minnesota in 1990 by a core group of passionate women who were motivated to eliminate domestic violence in their communities. The Silent Witness Initiative has chapters in all 50 states, in 23 countries, and on hundreds of college campuses throughout the world.
Join us as we celebrate the lives of 22 Arkansans who were killed by their partners or family members in 2016.
Help us kick-off the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month at noon on Friday, October 7th on the Bentonville Courthouse steps for a Domestic Violence Proclamation given by Nathan Smith, Benton County Prosecutor. For the rest of the day and at First Friday on the Bentonville Square, staff and volunteers from NWA Women’s Shelter, local law enforcement agencies, Northwest Arkansas Community College, NWA Center for Sexual Assault, and the Benton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office will be available to share information and answer questions about domestic violence and services available in Benton County for victims and survivors.
Save the date for the Closing Ceremony:
Thursday, October 27th 12pm-1pm
Student Center Room 108, Northwest Arkansas Community College
One College Drive, Bentonville, AR
(free parking available on level 4 & 5 of the parking deck)
Download the flyer:
2016 Silent Witness Flyer: