Starting this month you may see red silhouette’s popping up around Northwest Arkansas.
According to the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter, 31 people died from domestic violence last year.
In honor of those who have died due to domestic violence, the women’s shelter put on the Silent Witness Project.
People like Regina Gower joined hands Friday to help bring awareness to domestic violence and show that it is a very real reality. Gower lost her sister to domestic violence in 2005. “She was shot. Domestic violence is one of those things you hear about but you never think that it will touch you personally.”
Red silhouettes lined the downtown Bentonville square to remember every victim who lost their life to domestic violence in the last year here in Arkansas.
Kay Harvey lost her daughter to domestic Violence. “It can turn deadly in just a matter of seconds, and it’s not always signs that you can actually see,” said Harvey.
Every silhouettes shares the vivid stories of how each person died. Benton county officials spoke out about the need for more awareness to the devastating issue affecting The Natural State.
Benton County Prosecuting Attorney, Nathan Smith said. “We would encourage whether people themselves or someone they know has been a victim of this or is going through it to help them find their voice because we don’t want them to be another silent witness.”
For people like Gower, the hope is the cutouts will make a very real statement about the silent fight of many in The Natural State. “If by hearing me, helps you get out of a situation, then that’s what I hope for,” said Gower.
If you see the silhouettes around town, the women’s shelter encourages you to take a photo and post it to social media using the hashtag #nomorenwa and #silentwitnessinitiative to keep the conversation going about domestic violence awareness.