CLEARWATER - The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Detention and Corrections Programs Services Section has coordinated a series of events and displays aimed at raising awareness on the serious and too often tragic consequences of domestic violence.
The actual displays and reference materials are created by jail inmates and are based upon their personal experience with this important public safety and social issue.
An opening Unity Day presentation is set for Monday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m., at the Pinellas County Jail, 14400 49th St. N. in Clearwater. Representatives and speakers from the domestic violence prevention and social services community; advocacy groups; and a family survivor plan to attend. The opening will be hosted by the Sheriff’s Program Services and guest emcee Lissette Campos, ABC Action News Community Affairs director.
The Silent Witness Project is the centerpiece of the Domestic Violence Awareness Month display. The exhibit consists of life size red, wooden silhouettes, which represent a victim who has been killed due to domestic violence. Elsewhere in the display are the personal stories from jail inmates about how they survived domestic violence either as an adult or a child. Many of the stories are illustrated by the inmates themselves.
Elsewhere in the display, the artwork of juvenile inmates depict how affected or influence their young lives.
Citizens can first view the display in the public lobby of the Pinellas County Jail. During the month, the display will travel to other public lobbies of Sheriff’s Office facilities so that the voices of domestic violence victims are heard in a number of areas.
For more information, call the Public Information Office at 727-582-6200.