‘Silent Witness’ ceremony honors victims of domestic violence

A display that honors victims of domestic violence will provide the centerpiece for an October 21 “Silent Witness Commemoration Service”, at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital.

The public is invited to attend the 2 p.m. event, especially those in the community who have lost a loved one to domestic violence, have experienced it themselves, or those with a passion for women’s health. The service in the hospital’s Ravitz Foundation Main Atrium will honor those who were victims during the past year and celebrate survivors, including guest speaker Shawn Dunn.

Karen Harris, chief nursing and operations executive; Brent Davidson, MD, vice chair, Women’s Health Services, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, and member of the board of directors at HAVEN; and Kole Wyckhuys, director of prevention education, HAVEN, will also speak.

Silent Witness figures – life-sized red wooden silhouettes of victims will be displayed in the atrium. The name of several victims of domestic violence who died in Michigan in 2015 will be read and remembered as a bell is rung. An additional bell will be rung to remember those uncounted victims.

According to an event press release, the goal of the Silent Witness National Initiative has become zero murders by the year 2020. Today, 50 states and 23 countries participate in The Silent Witness Initiative and annual remembrance ceremony.

Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, HAVEN, the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing, Lynch and Sons Funeral Directors, and Take Root Dance Company are participating in this Silent Witness Initiative. The hospital is located at 6777 W. Maple Rd. in West Bloomfield.