Silent Witness Nova Scotia celebrates first year in Pictou County

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The Pictou County Chapter of Silent Witness Nova Scotia is celebrating their first birthday.

The local chapter began in April 2013.

Since 1990 more than 80 Nova Scotia women have lost their lives due to violence. For 36 women, their deaths came at the hands of their intimate partners. The Pictou County Chapter of Silent Witness Nova Scotia is a group of individuals working together to raise the voices of women who have lost their lives at the hands of their intimate partners. Through community involvement and support, the Pictou County Chapter is creating free standing, life-size, red wooden silhouettes, each one bearing the name of a Pictou County woman whose life ended as a result of domestic violence.

Statistics show that one in three women have experienced domestic violence. As a way to mark the Pictou County Chapter’s first year, they will be a hosting an information booth at the Highland Square Mall on Saturday. There will be cake for passersby to enjoy and some of Nova Scotia’s Silent Witnesses will be on display.

Over the past year the chapter has been very busy. Their first public event was a display at the Highland Square Mall in December 2013 to commemorate the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. The months following their display were spent planning a conference they hosted in March 2014 featuring Dr. Allan Wade, a Canadian expert in violence. They are now beginning to work on a “Remember Me” Silhouette which they anticipate having ready for the fall of 2014.

Organizations: Pictou County Chapter, Highland Square Mall

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Pictou County

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