COLUMBIA, S.C. (WJBF) — October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and on Tuesday, the 25th Annual Silent Witness ceremony was held at the South Carolina State Capitol to remember those who lost their lives in 2022.
Family members placed 49 life-size silhouettes at the steps of the capitol as a bell was rung to represent the 37 women and 12 men whose lives were lose due to domestic violence last year. A 50th silhouette was placed to represent those who have died who are not yet known.
“This is a sad and solemn occasion to commemorate the lives that were lost in the past year to domestic violence,” said Wilson.
The ceremony is held each year at the state capitol.