Dozens of women stand on the lawn of the Columbia County Courthouse. They are silent, these cutouts representing those who have fallen victim to domestic violence, but today, they have been given a voice. On each cutout are plaques that share the story of violence that led to their deaths. We wandered through the display this morning, and have shared a photo (above) of a cutout that represents the “unknown victim.” We urge you, if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse, to visit the courthouse today. Not only is the display extremely thought-provoking, but victims and their family and friends will find on hand representatives of local organizations that deal with domestic violence and its effects. Please stop and visit with them, whether the information they can provide is for you or for someone you love.
We also want to draw visitors’ attention to a table set up at the display – it features pamphlets, cards and brochures from any number of organizations that can help abuse victims, but the table also prominently features an edition of the Banner-News in which the headline story was the tragic tale of Donald Hux, who killed his ex-wife, Amy Huckabee, and her husband, Sandy, in January before being shot down by law enforcement in Union County. To us, that story is a tragic reminder of just how badly stories of domestic abuse can end.