“Silent Witnesses” on Display Beginning October 23

For Immediate Release: 
Oct 17 2007

CONTACT: Nancy Ellison, Director of Multicultural Affairs, Disability Services Coordinator
1-304-384-6086, nellison@concord.edu

“Silent Witnesses” on Display Beginning October 23

Athens, W.Va. – To recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Concord University is hosting the Silent Witness Project, a display that honors women who were murdered in acts of domestic violence.

The Silent Witness Project will be on display from Tuesday, October 23 to Monday, October 29 outside the cafeteria in the Lobby of the Student Center. The goal of the display is to raise awareness of the extent of domestic violence in our communities. A project of the Silent Witness National Initiative, the display consists of free-standing, life-sized plywood cutouts of a woman’s shape. Each figure is painted bright red and bears a gold shield on the chest that provides information about the woman and circumstances of her death. Because these women no longer have a voice, the silhouettes are called the Silent Witnesses.

The Silent Witness National Initiative has programs in all 50 states and all over the world. The Silent Witness Project that is on display at Concord University is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and is on loan from the Junior League of Fairmont, West Virginia. “This exhibit provides an ideal opportunity for remembrance, education, awareness, and promotion of healthy, non-violent relationships for all students, faculty and staff within the campus community,” said Nancy Ellison, director of multicultural affairs.

For more information on the Silent Witness National Initiative, go to www.silentwitness.net.


CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679, extension 6086 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.