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Silent Witness Week
Start Date: 10/23/2023 All Day
End Date: 10/30/2023

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On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. In Philadelphia, more than 12,000 petitions for Protection From Abuse Orders were sought in 2021. Even more staggering, 43 people were killed by domestic violence in Philadelphia in 2021 - a more than doubling of domestic violence murders from the year before, and the largest number known to date.**

In 1990, a group of women artists and writers, alarmed by the growing number of women in Minnesota being murdered by their partners or acquaintances, felt an urgency to do something that would speak out against the escalating domestic violence in their state. To commemorate the lives of the 26 women who had been murdered that year as a result of domestic violence, they created 26 free-standing, life-sized red wooden figures, each one bearing the name of a woman who once lived, worked, had neighbors, friends, family, children – whose life ended violently at the hands of a husband, ex-husband, partner or acquaintance. A twenty-seventh figure was added to represent those uncounted women whose murders went unsolved or were erroneously ruled accidental. The organizers called the figures the "Silent Witnesses."

When you see a red figure somewhere on campus, take a moment to read and learn more about relationship violence nationally and right here in our community.

**NCADV and WAA, 2021
Contact Information:
Name: Office for Institutional and Equity and Inclusive Culture
Email: eicprogramming@drexel.edu
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