What is the Silent Witness Project?
The Silent Witness Project is a traveling memorial to victims of domestic violence. The Women’s Center hosts this exhibit in order to increase awareness and education about the impacts of domestic violence in our community.
Currently, there are ten red life-size silhouettes in the Silent Witness Exhibit. Each witness carries a plaque with the story of a person who was murdered as a result of domestic violence. Beginning in October, the Exhibit will be hosted by different departments and buildings across campus throughout the academic year.
NCSU’s Silent Witness Project is modeled after the Silent Witness National Initiative whose goal it is to eliminate domestic violence murders in the United States by the year 2020. For more information about the National Initiative you can visit their website www.silentwitness.net .
Why is the Silent Witness Project necessary?
The North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCCADV) has collected information regarding domestic violence homicides in North Carolina since January 1, 2002. In 2012 there were 63 reported domestic violence homicides including 10 right here in the triangle. If you are interested in learning more about NCCADV you can visit their website www.nccadv.org for more information.
The Women’s Center strongly feels that awareness of and education about partner violence can reduce the number of domestic violence murders in North Carolina and the United States.
What Can You Do?
-Visit the Silent Witness Project as it travels around campus.
-Learn how to spot indicators of partner violence both in your own relationships and in the relationships of those you love. The Women’s Center offers programs on healthy relationships and domestic violence awareness and would love to talk to you as an individual or as a member of a group you belong to. You can either stop by the Women’s Center or request a presentation by filling out our request form.
-If you are a staff or faculty member who would like to host a witness, please contact Otis McGresham, Rape Prevention Education Coordinator for the Women’s Center at firstname.lastname@example.org
-If you are in a dangerous relationship and need assistance, you can call the Relationship & Sexual Violence Phone line at 919-618-7273 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.