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Silhouettes represent murdered Manitoba women

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An exhibit of 18 life-size wooden silhouettes representing Manitoba women murdered by their partners will be the centre of a powerful presentation on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at the West End Cultural Centre.

The Silent Witness Project Memorial, presented by the Family Violence Consortium of Manitoba, is being held to address the issue of domestic violence and to remember the slain women.

It is funded by the National Victims of Crime Awareness Week, which is holding its eighth annual awareness week across Canada from April 21-27.

All members of the public are invited to attend the memorial and view the exhibit of the 18 red silhouettes.

"In each case, the woman’s partner has been convicted of the murder or both have died in a murder/suicide. Because these women no longer have a voice, the silhouettes are called the Silent Witnesses," a press release stated.

During the Silent Witness Project Memorial on Wednesday, families in attendance will speak about their lost family member.

Other speakers will talk about how domestic violence is a major social concern in society and the need for positive change in homes and communities to end violence against women.

The 2013 National Victims of Crime Awareness Week theme is We All Have a Role, which recognizes the roles of criminal justice providers, all levels of government and all Canadians.

ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca

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