October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and community organizations are partnering to spread awareness and provide support for victims. 

The Crisis Center Inc. hosted a silent witness ceremony to honor Kansans that have been killed, and therefore silenced, by domestic violence. 

Community partners stand next to the “silent witnesses” Courtesy: Kate Kennedy

Silhouettes of eight women and two children were displayed in front of the Riley County Courthouse, and Crisis Center Executive Director Kathy Ray explained why.

      Silent Witnesses

Ray also spoke about how prevalent these issues are in just Kansas alone. 


Crowd gathers at RC Courthouse for ceremony
Courtesy: Kate Kennedy

Community members and organization partners stood alongside these silent victims and told their stories. 

      Victim’s story

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Before concluding the ceremony, Ray made one final plea to the community.

      Spread awareness

Resources and information can be found at each of these organizations’ websites: The Crisis Center Inc., Kansas Legal Services, K-State Center for Advocacy, Response, and Education, Pawnee Mental Health, and the Riley County Police Department.

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233