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For Immediate Release
29 September 2010

Melissa Lamar
860.773.1407 (office)
email: MLamar@txcc.commnet.edu

The Silent Witness Exhibit on View at Tunxis


The Silent Witness Exhibit, a display which is part of a national movement to increase awareness of domestic violence, will be on view October 15-22 at Tunxis Community College in the Administration Building Main Lobby to commemorate National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Created in 1997 by the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Greater Danbury Section, the display features 13 life-sized red painted plywood figures which bear the names and stories of 11 Connecticut women who were killed by a partner in 1996. The group added a 12th figure to represent the women whose deaths may not have been accurately recognized as domestic violence, and a 13th for those lives that remain at risk in the future.

The Connecticut exhibit is one of many throughout the United States that replicates the first Silent Witness display, created in 1990 to commemorate the lives of 26 Minnesota women who were murdered by partners or acquaintances that year. The goal of the Silent Witness National Initiative is to increase awareness and reduce the number of domestic murders to zero by 2010, according to the Silent Witness web site.

The exhibit, which is on loan from the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, can be viewed at Tunxis Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.- 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington. For more information on the display or the human services program at Tunxis, call 860.773.1637 or 255.3500, or email crichard@tunxis.edu. Visit Tunxis on the Web at tunxis.commnet.edu.