Silent Witness Ceremony Honored 2018 Victims of Fatal Domestic Violence

Staff Report From South Carolina CEO

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

Attorney General Alan Wilson led participants through the 22nd annual Silent Witness Domestic Violence ceremony that was held on the south steps of the State House in Columbia.

During the solemn ceremony, Attorney General Wilson called the names of thirty (30) women and eleven (11) men from across the state who lost their lives as the result of domestic violence in the previous year.

Victims’ family members, friends, or volunteers carried a life-sized silhouette representing the victim to the State House steps as a bell was rung for each victim. An additional forty-second (42) silhouette represented the potential unknown victims.

“This is a sad and solemn occasion to commemorate the lives that were lost in the past year to domestic violence,” said Wilson.

“This is a cycle of violence that must be broken in our state,” said Wilson. “All too often, not only is the life of the victim lost, but in ways, we lose the children who grow up in a home where domestic violence is taking place.”

Domestic violence survivors, officials and victims’ advocates made special remarks to highlight the problem of violence against women.

A statistical breakdown for each county is available at http://www.scag.gov/criminal-domestic-violence-in-south-carolina.