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September 11, 2006

Dear Friends,

            Hello all! Just an important note: I have started a new job and I will no longer be in an office all day so it may take a few days for me to respond to your emails and phone calls. For the best response please call my cell phone (this is the only phone number to get to me, the old one is for my old office that someone else is in now) 580-583-5165. The email address to email is silentwitness2010@gmail.com. I will be there to help you with anything that you need to set up all of your wonderful October events! Just please be patient with me and I will get back to youJ

             I wanted to share with you a wonderful comment we received about Debbie Peterson. She was a wonderful person committed to the cause of domestic violence awareness and has sadly passed away. Here is the comment we received:

I can clearly recall Diane and John standing together at the podium in Washington, DC.  As a DV counselor, Legal Advocate, Support Group Facilitator, I'm often asked if there is any hope that someone can change.  Contrary to many of my peers, I never say NO!   Rather, I explain the process needed toward change and healing.
 
This is the second great couple to leave us much too quickly.
 
Thank you and to Janet for keeping all of us updated, even in sadness.
 
Anne Adamiak
Piscataway (NJ) DV Crisis Team  Coordinator
Women Aware (Middlesex County, NJ) DV Counselor, Legal  Advocate, Support Group Facilitator
Founding Member of the Middlesex  County SW

 
PS - Please excuse this levity, but while viewing  the current HBO series, "Brotherhood" I fondly recall marching around the  capital building in Providence, Rhode Island.  What enrichment being  part of the SW movement has brought to my life.

            I would love for you to send me updates on where you are displaying the silhouettes and other ways you are making a difference and ending domestic homicide! I know there are going to be lots of displays throughout the month of October!! Please tell me about them!! Please email me any stories or press releases that you have! I love to add them to the newsletter! Silentwitness2010@gmail.com

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PLEASE HELP US WITH THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT INFORMATION!!

2. We need to make a new database with the names of the women you are using in your exhibits. PLEASE help us with this, we would really appreciate it. I have attached a questionnaire about your exhibit. We would like to make a database so that when people would like to start an exhibit we already have the names of people to use and if the state coordinators change we will have a central location for the database. We would also love to be able to tell family members when they talk to us if their names are being used and where they are used. Thank you in advanced for you help. We really appreciate it!!

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SPOTLIGHT:

This is a new section to highlight people all over the world who are doing an amazing job with the Silent Witness Organization. This time I would like talk about Carolyn Arnston from Oregon. She is doing a wonderful job as the state coordinator. She is finding exhibits all across the state and connecting them to the national organization and together within the state. She is asking them to fill out role call so that we know what women’s stories are being used and when the exhibits are being used. It is wonderful! Her goal is to have an exhibit for each county in the state and to make sure they are used a lot. She is doing a great job and I am excited to hear about all of the exhibits in the state of Oregon. The state is doing a wonderful job getting the word out and educating people all over the state.

I would like to welcome our new newsletter subscribers:

Diane

Hoops

Janesville

WI

Kristine

Paul

Blanding

Utah

Gloria

Gehrt

Offutt AFB

NE

Anita

Jolly

St. Joseph

MO

Cynthia

Davis

Ada

OK

Wendy

McDaniel

Enterprise

OR

Mark

Matthews

Warm Springs Indian Reservation

OR

Sistar

Poetry

 

MD

Jennifer

Martin

Greensboro

N.C.

Colleen

Nassimos

Hamilton

NY

Stephanie

Hunter

   

Anna

Goff

Farmington

AR

Sunny

Slaughter

Birmingham

Al

Mary Zoe

Peterson

 

OR

Jody

Heitman

Tucson

AZ

Juli

Waddell

Milledgeville

GA

Kat

Wahammaa

Fraser Valley

BC Canada

Michele

Dauphinee

Winnepeg

Canada

Sandra

Koorejian

New Haven

CT

I would like to encourage and say thank you to the following people who are starting a new exhibit or thinking about starting a new exhibit:

Juli

Waddell

Milledgeville

GA

Sam's Voice Inc

Sarah

Hall

Greenville

SC

Safe Harbors

Kat

Wahammaa

BC

Canada

Women's Resource Society of Fraser Valley

Sandra

Koorejian

New Haven

CT

Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven

Henrietta

Enriquez

Las Cruces

NM

Las Casa, Inc

         

PLEASE HELP WE NEED COORDINATORS FOR THE FOLLOWING STATES:

Arizona
Hawaii
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Nevada
New Mexico
Vermont
Ohio
Utah
Wisconsin

We now have an official job description:

The state coordinator keeps track of who in the state have exhibits. Some coordinators have regular correspondence, usually by email, with the groups. They are the contact person for someone who would like to start a new exhibit. They share the shield stories they already have in order to help people not repeat the work that was already done. Some may recruit new SW exhibits as well. Some may coordinate the donating and borrowing of an exhibit for people to use across the state. Some sponsor an event in October for everyone to come to, but others just publicize the events of others. They also keep in touch with us by email or phone to let us know what is happening, keep us up on emerging issues, ask for advice or other things they needed. This may take two to three hours a week in email correspondence. During busier times it may be up to four or five hours.

New Coordinator:

Sunnetta “Sunny” Slaughter for Alambama

As you can see we still need many more coordinators! I know that there are people who help and loan exhibits across the state automatically so it would be great to get the information out there for everyone.

NEWS FROM THE STATES and COUNTRIES:

Michigan:

Adreena Harley-

October is the month for national observance to inform people of the startling frequency of abuse that takes place in our communities and homes. Beaumont was one of the first  hospitals in the state that routinely asks all patients (female and male) about the presence of abuse in their lives, since domestic violence and abuse are one of today’s major health problems.   

Each hospital campus will kick-off these observances with a Silent Witness Ceremony to remember all those who have lost their lives in Michigan due to domestic violence. All Beaumont employees, physicians, volunteers and community members are encouraged to attend.

            Silent Witness Ceremony, Troy

            Thursday, September 21, 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

            Troy Garden Café classrooms

            Silent Witness Ceremony, Royal Oak

            Thursday, September 26, 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

            Debra Saber-Salisbury Memorial Garden, 6th floor, ST

During the following two weeks, we will be asking for donations including gift cards to shops such as Meijer, Farmer Jack, Target, Home Depot, Lowes and food, toys, toiletries and household supplies. These contributions will be sent to shelters for victims of domestic violence and abuse, HAVEN in Oakland County and Turing Point in Macomb County. Over 50% of homeless women and children are fleeing domestic violence and abuse in their homes.  Your donations will allow the shelters to provide free housing, food and assistance to such victims.

Stop by the main lobbies of each of our buildings to view the “Silent Witness” display and share these victims’ real-life stories.  The Silent Witness figures are available all year long, for use at any of Beaumont’s many buildings and throughout the community.

Royal Oak Hospital, call:  Kim Goode at 248-551-7461 or Jill Zuteck at 248-898-1381

Troy Hospital, call: Adreena Harley at 248-964-8141 or Fran Sandles at 248-964-0911

Tell us again

(written by a member of Beaumont Hospital’s Domestic Violence Committee)

Tell us again, as you stand so tall…

In scarlet red, sound the battle call.

Cry from the city, cry from the town,

Cry from the quite countryside round.

Remind us, behind those curtains drawn…

Beyond that perfectly manicured lawn,

When someone comes home, terror arrives…

Those they should love fear for their lives.

Some little ones, coming home from school

Are beaten with words that are brutal and cruel.

Some receive bruises from blow after blow,

Hidden by clothing so others won’t know.

Some children sadly are dreading the night,

Clutching their pillow, they hear parents fight.

Secrets they live with…secrets they fear,

Secrets unknown by everyone near.

Secrets they carry to church, to the store…

Secrets that might be living next door.

For these figure standing…these figures in red,

These secrets tell us, why they re dead.

These figures one wore fine clothes and a smile,

Hand in hand, one bright day, they walked down the aisle,

These figures once may have played in a park,

Their bright, sunny days were then lost to the dark.

These figures were someone’s child, someone’s mother,

Someone’s husband or wife, someone’s sister or brother.
They didn’t deserve to die by violence or strife,

At the hands of one with whom they trusted their life.

Their love made them vulnerable…they hoped for the best,

Many new starts to their story, these figures now tell the rest.

All their dreams…they have vanished; Their hopes…disappeared…

Their walk with us ended in a way they always feared.

Now silent, they stand, as witness for all,

In scarlet, among us, they silently call…

Who will dare to listen, who will dare to hear…

The cries of the wounded who are living in fear?

Who’ll fight for the broken, who will help show the way,

For those in the darkness to find their new day?

In your comfort at home, in your own family’s love…

Remember the hurting ones, God sees from above.

Pray for their safety…for calm, for release,

Continue the cause until all live in peace.

The Oakland County Domestic Violence Prevention Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 26, 12 noon – 1 p.m., to honor those individuals who The OCCCADV will honor community members who have demonstrated exemplary service to victims of domestic violence work. The ceremony will be held in the Oakland County Commissioner’s Auditorium, located in Pontiac, Michigan. All are welcome.

Weekend of Champions is a new initiative that HAVEN is launching, to expose more than a thousand people to domestic violence and available resources, trhough a series of small, private gatherings. HAVEN is asking individuals to host an event and invite their friends and neighbors to spend five to ten minutes to discuss HAVEN’s mission. This short sharing opportunity can occur duing dinners, bowling parties, picnics, family reunions, book clubs, sewing circles, swim teams and in any other venue where people are gathering together.

HAVEN will provide an informational packet, a short video, a fact sheet, support ribbons and an event idea for the host. The purpose of the event is educational, not fundraising. If you are interested, please contact Tracy Thomas at 248-322-3703.

Ohio:

From Dorthy Lemmey-


Every October (Domestic Violence Awareness month) since 1995
East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church has displayed the silent witness figures along route 90 and then route 306 when the church moved to its new location. This project has been advertised in various media; newspaper, TV, Cable channels, and radio. In 1997 East Shore participated in the national event in Washington DC by bringing 2 of its figures to March on The Capitol with all others in the nation.

This year we have added 2 figures, had professionally made shield done since they sit out in the weather for a month and have repaired them.  On October 1 from 12 noon to 1p East Shore  Unitarian Universalist Church will have an unveiling of these figures complete with words from Rev. Sara Zimmerman, and Lew Katz (candidate for Congressman 14th District), followed by a 45 minute play donated by a playwright by Kathy CondIe King on domestic violence. The title of the play is "My Name Ain't Betty Crocker" presented by four players (Diana Jackson, Maggie
Calkins, Jennifer Dodd, Jim Rittenhouse) from
East Shore, with music from Judie Wimmer.

Rhode Island:

From Nancy Rafi-

PhotoJOIN US Photo 

for an evening of awareness that will bring people together

to help put an end to the violence in our state

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WEDNESDAY, October 18th at 5:30 P.M.

Our event will begin at City Hall Providence, with the 28th Take Back the Night march.  This is an international tradition speaking out about violence against women on the streets, in the workplace and in the home.  The evening will open to the inspiring sounds of DrumsistersThe march will proceed to Beneficent Church at 300 Weybosset St., where at 6:00PM, everyone is invited to the Silent Witness “March to End the Silence”. 

Families and friends, community members, police officers, clergy and concerned citizens will march by candlelight, led by bagpipers and mounted police officers through the streets of Providence, to the Garrahy Judicial Complex where we will read the names of the 109 women, men & children murdered in acts of domestic violence over the past 25 years in Rhode Island.  Slated to speak are Attorney General Patrick Lynch; Melanie Lawhead & Nancy Rafi, Silent Witness of RI; and Silent Witness families & friends. 

Photo   Photo  Photo

Now WE must be their voices…and end the violence.

Please visit the RI Clothesline Project display at City Hall

For more information, please call Nancy Rafi at 401.714.2388 or email nrafi@hotmail.com

or Jodi Glass, Take Back the Night/RI Clothesline Project, jglass53@aol.com

World NEWS:

From the CAPEV update:

OCTOBER AS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month begins one month from today on October 1st!  In addition to what Lifetime is doing, here are just some of the events leading up to Domestic Violence Awareness Month and during October:

September 21 - IT'S TIME TO TALK DAY 2006 sponsored by Liz Claiborne and Redbook.

September 26 to 28 - The Allstate Foundation holds its 2nd Annual Economic Empowerment Conference, Patchwork Economics: Building Careers and Creating Alternatives for Survivors. The Economic Empowerment Conference will be held in Washington, DC

September 28 - CAEPV Executive Director Kim Wells and Liz Claiborne Vice President of Associate Relations Dennis Butler present at the Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence - UK first Annual Conference in London

October 3 - McLean County Government presents the Silent Witness Display at the McLean County Law and Justice Center

October 4 - CAEPV Executive Director Kim Wells participates in DECADE FOR CHANGE SUMMIT I in Washington, DC

October 8 -14 - State Farm Great Lakes Zone provides information and awareness on domestic violence to employees in Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan

October 16 - CAEPV Executive Director Kim Wells presents at the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence Annual Meeting

(If you are a CAEPV Member with events or activities coming up for the month, please drop me a note at kwells@caepv.org - we will get that information on our website and in future e-updates!)

TO THOSE I LOVE
If you could know what I know now
You would not cry...
For I have found, to my surprise, we do not die
We only slip into a new and fresh reality,
Like taking off old worn-out clothes
And being free.
If you could see what I see now
You would not grieve...
For God is real and all is love,
So please believe
I see you now as I have never seen before,
And I will love you always, only more.
If you could feel what I feel now
You would be free...
For peace and joy are what we have eternally.
So dry your tears and know that I am with you still.
I loved you so....I always will.

Sincerely,

Cassie Pritchard

Silentwitness2010@gmail.com

(580) 583-5165

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