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About 40 of the Silent Witness cutouts, each one representing a person who died of domestic violence somewhere in the state of Washington during the past year, will be on display from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at The Gateway transit center at Lincoln Street and Railroad Avenue and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Sequim Avenue and Washington Street, said Leslie Rudd, program manager for Healthy Families of Clallam County.
Vigils are scheduled at noon each day.
The keynote speaker at both vigils will be Jennifer Purser of Port Angeles, a survivor of domestic violence who will talk about her experiences as the keynote speaker, Rudd said.
At both vigils, Healthy Families officials will present gratitude awards to members of the community who have helped domestic violence survivors.
In Port Angeles, gratitude awards will be given to:
■ Margo Petersen-Pruss of Soroptimist International of Port Angeles, which spearheaded a yearlong drive to fund improvements to the Rose House, Healthy Families of Clallam County’s transitional home for women and children fleeing domestic violence.
■ Jodi Simmons, warrant and court order clerk for the emergency dispatch center for Clallam County, Peninsula Communications — or PenCom. Simmons processed 889 protection orders in 2011, Rudd said.
■ Holly McKeen, Port Angeles city attorney legal administrative assistant who works with those who have suffered domestic violence.
In Sequim at the noon rally Thursday, gratitude awards will be given to three volunteers with Healthy Families: Marty Hoffman, Beverly Hoffman and Judy Palumbo-Gates.
The Silent Witness exhibits will be powerful reminders of the effects of domestic violence during the vigils, according to Rudd.
From Jan. 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012, there were 100 deaths from domestic violence in Washington state, Rudd said.
Of those, 43 were women, 17 were men, 14 were children, and 26 were abusers who killed themselves, she said.