In a solemn and moving tribute to the victims of domestic violence homicide in Berks County, Safe Berks hosted its 22nd Annual Silent Witness March & Dedication on Monday as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The event began with participants gathering at Safe Berks, to silently march through downtown Reading, to Reading Area Community College’s Miller Center, carrying life-size red silhouettes representing the victims of domestic violence. Each silhouette was accompanied by a shield describing the tragic circumstances of their untimely death.
This powerful event served as a poignant reminder of the devastating consequences of domestic violence, as participants united to honor the memory of the victims and show support for their families and friends. The silent march was a powerful demonstration of community solidarity.
While at Reading Area Community College, Safe Berks hosted a dedication ceremony as a platform for attendees to reflect on the importance of raising awareness about domestic violence and its far-reaching impact.
The event concluded with a lunch session, where participants came together to share their thoughts, experiences, and a meal, fostering meaningful conversations about the issue of domestic violence.
Attended by people from all walks of life, the march is a testament to the community’s dedication to making a difference and raising awareness about domestic violence. Safe Berks extended its gratitude to all those who participated and supported the cause.
Throughout the month of October, the Safe Berks Silent Witness Project will also be displayed at various locations, including Albright College, Kutztown University, Alvernia University, and Reading Area Community College. The initiative is an ongoing effort to ensure that the memory of the victims lives on and to maintain awareness about domestic violence.
Safe Berks continues to be a pillar of support for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Berks County, offering free and confidential services available 24/7. These services include emergency shelter, counseling, legal support, community outreach, medical advocacy, and prevention and awareness education, all available in English and Spanish and translatable into other necessary languages. Immediate assistance can be accessed through their 24-hour hotline at 844-789-SAFE (7233) or by texting “SAFE BERKS” to 20121.