Silent Witness

The New Brunswick Silent Witness Project

Photo credit: Deborah Doherty

The New Brunswick Silent Witness Project is an exhibit of life-sized red silhouettes representing New Brunswick Women who have died tragically at the hands of an intimate partner since 1990. The purpose of the project is to:

  • REMEMBER the women killed by a spouse/partner, ex-spouse/partner or intimate acquaintance.
  • CREATE AWARENESS of the risk factors for intimate partner violence and domestic homicide
  • PROMOTE ACTION to end violence against women

Each life-sized red silhouette represents a woman who once lived, worked and played amongst us. They were daughters, sisters, mothers, aunts, friends, neighbors and employees. Because these women no longer have a voice, the silhouettes are called the Silent Witnesses. However, by listening to their stories and honouring their lives, they have a strong, clear collective voice that helps all of us to explore ways to create awareness and prevent future domestic deaths.

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