October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and there is currently a “Silent Witness” display set up at the Howard County Courthouse in the middle of the first floor for public viewing.
"Each silhouette in the display is of an actual victim, and it has her name written on it," says Linda Calvio, Executive Director for Victim Services of Big Spring. “That’s why they’re called ‘Silent Witnesses’ because they can no longer speak for themselves, but in memory of them, the families have agreed to let us do a silhouette of them."
The display was set up by Victim Services to bring attention to the staggering statistics of domestic violence that occur every year. Last year the Victim Services of Big Spring served 256 victims of crime within the 6 counties that the organization serves. 80% of those cases involved domestic violence; that’s over 200 REPORTED cases of domestic violence within 6 counties.
There will be a National Domestic Violence Awareness ceremony today at the courthouse beginning at 4:30 at the Howard County Courthouse.
County Judge Kathryn Wiseman told KBest News that this was an issue that is close to her heart.
“I served as County Coroner when I served as Justice of the Peace for eleven years, and so it was my sad duty to go out to one of those scenes where someone had been killed as a result of domestic violence,” stated Judge Wiseman.
“We have an issue. We need awareness. You cannot force someone to get help, but you can certainly offer your support to someone who is living through domestic violence. It’s an awareness,” she repeated, ”and we all need to be aware and need to be able to talk to someone who we suspect is going through domestic violence.”