Silent Witness Project
The New Brunswick Silent Witness Project is a travelling exhibit of life-size red wooden silhouettes. Each represents a New Brunswick woman who was killed by a husband, partner or acquaintance. Because these women no longer have a voice, the silhouettes are called the Silent Witnesses.
Each figure bears the name of a woman who once lived and worked among us. Through research and information sharing we eventually hope to craft a silhouette to honour every New Brunswick woman who has died tragically as a result of domestic violence since 1990.
The Silent Witness Project began in the USA as a national initiative to honour women killed by their partners in acts of domestic violence. Its origins can be traced to Minnesota where in 1990 an ad hoc group of women artists and writers, upset about the growing number of women being murdered by their partners, joined with other women's organizations to take action. They decided to commemorate and honour the lives of the 26 women murdered in Minnesota in 1990 as a result of domestic violence. (Silent Witness Project - USA)
Goals of the Silent Witness Project
- To remember...
by honouring women in New Brunswick who were murdered by a spouse, partner or acquaintance.
- To create awareness...
by sharing information in communities around the province about the nature and extent of family violence.
- To promote action...
by profiling local resources that support women coping with violence in their lives and encouraging community and government action to end all forms of violence in our society.
The exhibit is available to travel to your community for a month to help in your efforts to create public awareness of family violence issues, resources and services. You can find out their availability by visiting the Silent Witness Project website.
Organizing Committee of the NB Silent Witness Project
- Beausejour Family Crisis Resource Centre
- Charlotte County Family Violence Committee
- Executive Council Office, Women's Issues Branch
- Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research
- Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation
- New Brunswick Union
- Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick
- RCMP Woodstock Division