Silent Witness Program

The Silent Witness program is a national initiative aimed at promoting peace, healing, and responsibility in adult relationships in order to eliminate domestic violence homicides.

NCCADV’s Silent Witness exhibit is a traveling memorial honoring adults and children who were murdered in North Carolina as a result of domestic violence. The exhibit is made up of life-size red figures, each representing a person who once lived, had neighbors, friends and family – whose life ended violently at the hands of someone claiming to have loved them.

How can you participate in the Silent Witness Initiative?

Use the Silent Witness exhibit or coordinate events in your community to educate others about domestic violence and the loss of life that can result from such abuse.  While educating your community, you will simultaneously honor past victims of domestic violence. Ultimately these efforts can make your community a safer place.

If you are a member of NCCADV and wish to use silhouettes from the Silent Witness Initiative for an awareness-raising event, please complete this form. Pickup is only available from NCCADV's Durham office location. See below for Silent Witness materials available in other parts of North Carolina.

Silent Witness Events

  • Marches
  • Rallies
  • Memorial Vigils
  • Booths at Community Events
  • Educational Programs
  • Presentations and Demonstrations
  • Religious Organizations

Silent Witness Displays

Silent Witness exhibits have been successfully held in court houses, hospitals and health clinics, libraries, and store windows.

Please click on any image below for a larger view.

SWribboncuttingceremonyVerizon Wireless a supporter of NCCADV's Silent Witness Initiative displayed the Silent Witnesses for one week at their new store in the Streets of Southpoint Mall, Durham, NC.


SWUNCW smallThe Silent Witnesses were a part of UNC Wilmington's 3rd annual Take Back The Night March and Rally. This was coordinated by the UNCW Office of the Dean of Student's A-Team, a sexual assault peer education group dedicated to educating the University and Wilmington community about the realities of violence against women.


SWandS.GranvilleHighSchoolSouth Granville High School's Peer Helpers displayed the Silent Witnesses during their relationship safety week. Safe Space, the local domestic violence shelter, taught lessons in classes about how to prevent domestic violence.

To use the Silent Witnesses in your community contact the program closest to you!


Silent Witness Programs

To use the Silent Witnesses in your community, contact the program closest to you.

Silent Witness Initiative Western North Carolina
Helpmate – Buncombe County
56 College Street, Ste. 201
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 254-2968

Silent Witness Initiative Eastern North Carolina
DV Shelter and Services – New Hanover County
PO Box 1555
Wilmington, NC 28402
(910) 343-0703

Silent Witness Initiative Central North Carolina
3710 University Drive Suite 140
Durham NC 27707
(919) 956-9124

To sponsor a person who has been murdered in North Carolina’s Silent Witness Initiative, contact NCCADV at (919) 956-9124. To learn more about the national initiative visit: 

For questions about NCCADV's Silent Witness program, please contact Natalie Pickett at 919-956-9124 ext. 213 or by email at