Healthy Families' Excecutive Director Presents at Studium

Rebecca Korby, Executive Director of Healthy Families of Clallam County, will talk about domestic violence, its effects and what is being done to prevent it at Peninsula College’s October 24 Studium Generale program. Her free presentation will begin at noon in the Little Theater.

Korby has worked for Healthy Families for 10 years and has served as its Executive Director for six. The agency serves victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse/neglect.  In April, the Children’s Advocacy Center was established as an additional program.

Korby has over 800 hours of specialized training in domestic violence, sexual assault and victim services. In 2006, she was qualified as an expert witness in domestic violence cases by Commissioner Knebes, Clallam County Superior Court, Washington, and the Makah Tribal Court in 2007. Korby held a seat on the Board of Directors of the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs for five years and currently is the Chair of the Clallam County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Task Force and a member of the Clallam County Homelessness Task Force.

The Silent Witness Figurine exhibit on the Peninsula College campus was set up by Healthy Families in recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is an exhibit of life-size figurines, each of which has a badge on its chest and the story of an individual or family that was killed in Washington State through Domestic Violence. Healthy Families of Clallam County borrows these silent witness figurines from the Quileute Tribe New Beginnings program and uses them as part of their message about the devastating effects of domestic violence.

The silhouette movement started in 1990 when an ad hoc group of women artists and writers, upset about the growing number of women in Minnesota being murdered by their partners or acquaintances, joined together with several other women's organizations to form Arts Action Against Domestic Violence. Their goal was to create something that would commemorate the lives of the women whose lives had been lost in 1990 as a result of domestic violence.

The women began to design free-standing, life-sized, red wooden figures, each one bearing the name of a woman who once lived, worked, had neighbors, friends, family, children―someone whose life ended violently at the hands of a husband, ex-husband, partner, or acquaintance. The organizers called the figures the Silent Witnesses, and this was how the silent witness exhibit started. 

The goal of the silent witness exhibit is that by 2020 the number will drop to zero:  Zero men, women, children, and law enforcement; zero people killed due to domestic violence.