FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, The Mayor’s Commission on Domestic Violence, Sexual Harassment & Rape hosted a Silent Witness display on Friday morning outside the Courthouse Green in downtown Fort Wayne.
The event featured silhouettes of men, women and children with necklaces displaying domestic violence statistics in an effort to promote awareness about domestic violence. The City of Fort Wayne hopes the display will “promote peace, healing and responsibility in adult relationships in order to eliminate domestic violence.”
Members of the Mayor’s Commission attended to answer questions and provide resource table with information on local resources to report instances of domestic violence. These organizations include:
- The City of Fort Wayne’s Victim Assistance office
- Center for Nonviolence
- AMANI Family Services
- Sexual Assault Treatment Center
- Charis House
- Indiana Department of Child Services – Allen County
- Fort Wayne VA Medical Center
Through the creation of successful community-based domestic violence reduction efforts, the city hopes Silent Witness can provide hope, help and healing for the victims and perpetrators of domestic violence.
The Silent Witness Initiative began in 1990 with one exhibit in one state to promote and educate in an effort to support an end to domestic violence. It has since grown into an international presence.