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Silent Witness Exhibit

Silent Witness Exhibit

To help honor those murdered by acts of domestic violence, the WV Silent Witness Exhibit is unveiled annually in the Mountainlair’s Vandalia Lounge during October’s National Domestic Violence Month. The exhibit displays a collection of life-sized silhouettes that represent West Virginians who can no longer speak for themselves.

The WRC also lends the exhibit to groups to display at their events throughout the academic year. Please contact wrc@mail.wvu.edu to borrow the exhibit for your event. We will provide a press kit.

Originally displayed at WVU in 2006, the WRC updated and reintroduced the WV Silent Witness Exhibit in October 2021 thanks to support from the Big XII Violence and Discrimination Awareness and Prevention Fund.

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What is Silent Witness?

Silent Witness International is the leading voice honoring the lives of domestic violence homicide victims through family support, community connections, and advocacy for change.

The WV Silent Witness Exhibit is a collection of life-sized silhouettes of victims murdered by an act of domestic violence. Each of the 19 shadows represents a West Virginian murdered by domestic violence between 2019-2020. Notably, most female victims were murdered by a current or former intimate partner, while most male victims were murdered by other various family members.

REMEMBER to honor the those who were murdered in acts of domestic violence.

RAISE AWARENESS in our communities.

CONNECT people with local resources.

ADVOCATE to end violence.

LEGISLATE to hold abusers accountable.

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