On Thursday, October 26, 2023, Pillars Community Health held its 9th Annual Silent Witness and Survivor Speak-Out, marking the end of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The event aimed to raise awareness, promote healing, and offer hope to survivors and their loved ones. The exhibit featured life-sized red silhouettes, with the name and story of a victim who lost their life to domestic violence. These silhouettes served as a poignant reminder of the devastating impact of domestic violence on individuals and their families. The exhibit emphasized that domestic violence can affect anyone, regardless of their background.
The evening’s Survivor Speak-Out segment was a powerful and emotional call to action. Survivors of domestic violence shared their stories of resilience and hope, inspiring others to find their voice and seek help. One survivor bravely recounted her journey, including the fear that haunted her and the moment she found the courage to break free. Her story resonated with the audience, eliciting tears and a sense of solidarity. She emphasized that survivors need not suffer in silence and that support is available to those who seek it.
Throughout the event, staff members were available to discuss the organization’s comprehensive services, which offer a lifeline to those seeking to escape the cycle of violence. Attendees had the opportunity to connect with these resources and take the first steps toward reclaiming their lives.
The event also featured a heartfelt recognition of Sally Kurfirst, a community partner who had dedicated over three decades to the cause. Sally was honored for her unwavering commitment to PCH through The Hope Chest, a shop she founded to provide essential resources for those affected by domestic violence and to promote awareness and change through fundraising. Her story serves as an inspiring example of the difference one person can make when fueled by compassion and dedication and surrounded by the right team.
In conclusion, the 9th Annual Silent Witness and Survivor Speak-Out was a journey through the shadows of domestic violence, illuminated by the stories of survivors who found their way to the light. The event reminded us of the importance of raising awareness, promoting healing, and offering hope to survivors and their loved ones. It left us with a renewed commitment to combat domestic violence and to ensure that no one ever has to endure it alone.