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Updated: 01/19/2014 05:35:02PM

The living spoke for the silent

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PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Kathy Haley of Bartow shared her story of domestic violence at the Silent Witness Memorial recently.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

The silhouettes are joined by the Polk County Sheriff's Honor Guard at the Silent Witness Memorial. For a story on the ceremony, see Page 4.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Jaleesa Privott, a PRC Domestic Violence Advocate, told of a friend's abuse at the Silent Witness Memorial in Bartow.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court Stacey Butterfield outlined services her office offers domestic abuse victims.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Sgt. Shawn Hoobin told Silent Witness Memorial attendees about the new InVEST program for heightened investigation of potentially lethal abuse cases.

By CATHY PALMER

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Ten red silhouettes stood silent and virtually alone in a Polk County court room to bear witness to the devastation caused by domestic violence. Mourners included family members, victim advocates and some cops.

Those silhouettes spoke volumes without saying a word. They told how they were all killed in Polk County by an intimate partner or spouse. They spoke of how they wanted not to have died in vain. They shouted that something had to be done to keep their numbers from growing.

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