The Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter held an event to honor domestic abuse victims on Friday.
The Silent Witness initiative is a traveling memorial of life-sized red silhouettes honoring the lives of women, men and children who lost their lives due to domestic violence, according to the news release.
“Last year in Arkansas, 51 people were killed by a family member or intimate partner,” the news release states.
Silhouettes will be located in local businesses around the area. Each silhouette will have a story for the public to read.
“I think it’s important to highlight these individuals because those who are effected by domestic violence can be anyone. I think it helps to end the stigma around domestic violence that domestic violence does not discriminate,” said Antonella, development coordinator for NWA Women’s Shelter.
This event took place in Bentonville Square from 4:30-8 p.m.
During the event tonight, Benton County Prosecuting Attorney Nathan Smith read a proclamation declaring October as domestic violence awareness month.