Silent Witness Project reveals painful truth about domestic violence

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EUREKA- Silhouettes lined Fifth Street Tuesday morning in honor of those who have lost their lives to domestic violence.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and today more than a dozen women stood behind silhouette cut outs near the courthouse to demonstrate the impact of the issue locally.

The demonstration is part of the silent witness project. Each cut out represents Humboldt County residents that were murdered by their abusers. Humboldt Domestic Violence Services has been doing the demonstration since 2008 with the help of the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services and the North Coast Rape Crisis Team.

Despite the effort over the years, representatives say the silhouettes have only been growing.

“It's really a community problem that we're addressing so we need a community solution,” said Karen Diers, communication resource coordinator with the Humboldt Domestic Violence Services. “We're trying to show that domestic violence can be lethal. We also want to honor these victims and show the loss to our community that their deaths represent. Their stories are on their chest. It's very powerful to read them.”