October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)
Silent Witness Vigil
The Silent Witness Initiative began in 1990 with the purpose of remembering the names and stories of domestic violence fatalities. Now it takes place in all 50 states and at least 23 countries.
Each year, SAFE San Juans sets up a Silent Witness exhibit in Friday Harbor, Eastsound, and Lopez Village to honor the victims, raise awareness, and advocate for change. There were 41 deaths and over 45,000 domestic violence offenses reported last year in Washington State alone.
Death statistics illustrate a tragic end to life but are a small representation of domestic violence. It is estimated that 44% of all nonfatal instances domestic violence go unreported.