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Mission Statement

Promote peace, healing and responsibility in adult relationships in order to eliminate domestic murders in the United States by the year 2020.

Vision

  • Promote successful community-based domestic violence reduction efforts in order to reach zero domestic murders by 2020.

Silent Witness Fact Sheet

New Silent Witness goals: Seven year goals 2013-2020

  • 50 States and 30 countries with multiple Silent Witness exhibits and October events.

  • 75-85% drop in domestic violence homicides for women and men, to 400 per year for women and 240 for men.

  • 5000 successful Results Projects in all 50 states and 15 other countries.
    Court Watch, Self Mastery Treatment Model, Coordinated Community Response, DART, Mississippi Model for African American teens, Taos Model for counseling survivors, Empower for adolescents, Data Collection, Corporate Prevention Models.

  • 25 states and 5 countries with zero domestic homicides for women and men for one year.

  • Accurate domestic violence homicide statistics and data collection in all 50 states and 15 other countries.

  • Collaboration with 10 other organizations on projects to bring hope and healing to the domestic violence movement in the world.


What is basis of our hope?


Twelve years ago a 15 year-old girl was killed by a teen-aged drunk driver. The girl's mother, Candy Lightner, started an organization called MADD (Mother's Against Drunk Driving). In twelve years they have reduced teen-aged drunk driving fatalities by 64%. Twelve years ago a majority of people in this country either smoked or approved of smoking, despite warnings from the Surgeon General. Because of a radical change in attitude toward public smoking, the reduction in adult smoking is 50%. The area of domestic violence seems to be as insurmountable a problem as both teen-aged drunk driving and smoking. Yet Duluth, Minnesota and Quincy, Massachusetts disagreed with the prevailing attitude. Duluth developed a model that Quincy adopted and Quincy has had one domestic violence homicides in the last 12 years, in a population of 300,000. 
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