New Hope For Women

‘Empty Place At The Table’ returns to the Midcoast

The exhibit is a physical memorial dedicated to remembering victims of domestic violence homicide

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and New Hope for Women is once again turning the spotlight on the pervasive problem of domestic violence by partnering with several local libraries to bring the powerful Empty Place At The Table memorial exhibit to the public.

The memorial consists of a dining table surrounded by empty chairs and one empty highchair – physical reminders of the empty place the victims have left behind. Additionally, each empty chair is accompanied by a place setting with personal items donated by the families of the murdered victims. The items either belonged to the victims themselves, or were selected to reflect and celebrate their individual personalities, passions, and dreams.

The Empty Place At The Table memorial is intended to showcase that people who have been murdered in a domestic violence homicide are not just numbers to be tallied at the end of the year, but rather they were living and breathing human beings – parents, children, neighbors, friends, and valued members of our community – whose forced absence has left us with a deep and profound empty place at the table and in our hearts.

This year, the memorial is scheduled to be on display at the following locations: Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library – Oct. 17: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Skidompha Public Library (Damariscotta) – Oct. 18: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Patton Free Library (Bath) – Oct. 23: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.); and the libraries in Rockland, Camden, Belfast, Waldoboro, Topsham and Richmond.

For more information about the Empty Place At The Table memorial, or to learn more about the services New Hope for Women provides, please call 207-594-2128 or go to www.newhopeforwomen.org. If you would like more information about this topic, or have any questions, please contact Kelly O’Connor at 207-594-2128, or koconnor@newhopeforwomen.org.

New Hope for Women is the domestic violence resource center serving Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox, and Waldo counties.

Event Date: 
Wed, 10/17/2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm