Domestic Violence Month continues |

Domestic Violence Month continues

Blood-red, still as death, the wooden silhouette figures silently tell their stories. They touch our hearts with the cold chill of violence. They are our sister, our mother, our daughter, our lover.

During this month of domestic violence awareness, Tahoe Women’s Services is hosting an exhibit called “The Silent Witness.”

Each figure is named. Each represents a real woman who has been murdered – killed by someone she loved, someone she considered a life partner. A summary of her story is attached to the figure.

The exhibition project originated in Minnesota. The 26 figures honor the memory of women who were murdered in that state in 1990. A 27th witness honors the uncounted women whose deaths were unreported or unacknowledged for what they were.

The object of the project is to increase public awareness about a kind of crime that is often invisible in our communities. In 1995, 19 women were murdered in Nevada as a result of domestic violence.

Tahoe Women’s Services, based in Kings Beach, with offices in Incline Village and Truckee, works to reduce the incidence of domestic violence in the Tahoe Basin. The organization offers counseling, anger-management classes and and a safe house for victims and their children.

Today there will be silent witnesses placed at Safeway stores in Kings Beach and in Truckee. Tuesday one of the silent witnesses was at the Joseph Government Building in Truckee and another was at the Kings Beach office of Tahoe Women’s Services.

Someone from the organization will be on hand to answer questions and to give brochures about their services.

There will be an on-the-air radio interview with Tahoe Womens Services Executive Director, Christie Cruikshank, addressing these issues on “Talk of Tahoe” KOWL 1490 AM on Oct. 19 at 8:30 a.m.

Purple ribbons will also be available for all community members throughout the month at many local businesses and organizations locally.

TWS offers a hotline at (775) 833-3241 for Incline Village residents and at (530) 546-3241 for Kings Beach residents and (530) 587-3101 for residents of Truckee.

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