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Silhouettes Of Victims Are Silent Witnesses

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Each silhouette represents an Oklahoman killed by an intimate acquaintance in domestic violence. Each silhouette represents an Oklahoman killed by an intimate acquaintance in domestic violence.

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TULSA, OK -- The silhouettes of 100 people lined Tulsa Community College's Southeast Campus Friday. They're part of an initiative called the Oklahoma Silent Witness.

There are 200 of the silhouettes across the state, and each one represents an Oklahoman killed because of domestic violence. The individuals range in age from 3 months to 77 years.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and through the month the silhouettes are making stops in 21 Oklahoma communities. The exhibit is part of a national program, but was sponsored here by Domestic Violence Intervention Services.

About DVIS/Call Rape:

DVIS/Call Rape, a United Way agency, has been in existence since the 1970s and is the only agency providing comprehensive services to residents of Tulsa and surrounding areas to help break the cycle of domestic violence and sexual assault.  

The mission of DVIS/Call Rape is to rebuild lives affected by domestic violence and sexual assault through advocacy, shelter, counseling, and education.  

DVIS/Call Rape offers a 24-hour crisis line to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault 918-7HELPME (918-743-5763); hospital support to victims of sexual assault; counseling for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, as well as domestic violence abusers, case management, emergency shelter to abused women and their children; transitional living for victims and their children; legal services to abused persons, and numerous outreach and community education initiatives.  www.dvis.org 

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