Nearly 40 red plywood silhouettes representing family violence victims appear to stand in line at Umbrella, Inc. along Route 5 in St. Johnsbury.

A nonprofit organization, Umbrella is known for providing shelter and services to domestic abuse sufferers and disadvantaged families.

Each of the cut-outs display a sign describing their gruesome death.

Cheryl Lunna, 42, was drowned in 1992 after being driven off the road in Bethel by her estranged husband.

Elaine Hachet, 49, was shot in the mouth by her husband in 1993 while asleep at her Wilder home.

Also shot by a husband was Mary Sutton, 82, in Rutland in 1997.

One woman was heard screaming for over an hour while being strangled to death by her husband following a company Christmas party in 1996.

Children also fall prey to family violence.

Of the 10 wooden cut-outs depicting children, three were fatally shot by their own mothers.

Statistically, family violence is overwhelmingly committed by men, said Michelle Fay, executive director of Umbrella.

Adult men commit 95 percent of family violence against women and children.

Umbrella created the exhibit, on display this week, to promote awareness about family violence in the hopes of trying to end it. The art show depicting 35 women and 10 children murdered in the last decade is an effort to thwart family violence.

Umbrella made the silhouettes in conjunction with a nationwide family violence awareness program called "silent awareness."

Various places throughout the Northeast Kingdom will host the show.

Previously hosting the exhibit was Springfield College in St. Johnsbury, where the cut-outs lined the halls last month as part of the "arts in the community" program.

The exhibit was so powerful, many who viewed it succumbed to tears, said Springfield College teacher Michele Authier.


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