BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School Carpentry program recently finished creating new silhouettes for Safe and Sound Somerset to honor Somerset County residents who lost their lives as a result of domestic violence. 

The silhouettes each bear an engraved heart with the name of a Somerset County resident and the year they died.  The silhouettes serve as an emotional and moving reminder of the effects of domestic violence in our county. 

Six new silhouettes were created and will be used in October at a candlelight vigil to remember the victims and bring awareness to domestic violence in Somerset County. 

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Veronica Finlay, development director at Safe and Sound Somerset, explained of how important it was “collaborating with the community on this project.”  Finlay also thanked Lowe’s for donating the materials to make the silhouettes.  

Additionally, this project had special meaning for the students of SCVTHS, as two of the domestic abuse silhouettes represent a SCVTHS student and her mother, who both lost their lives this past year. 

Safe and Sound Somerset, formerly known as The Resource Center of Somerset, is a private, nonprofit agency which has been serving people affected by domestic abuse in Somerset County for over 35 years.  Founded by a small group of volunteers who provided emergency shelter for women escaping abusive relationships, Safe and Sound Somerset provides services to survivors of domestic abuse - women, men and children, free of charge, and has expanded services to include not only emergency shelter but legal advocacy, outreach counseling, community education, volunteer Domestic Violence Response Teams working with local police departments, transitional housing and more.  For more information about Safe and Sound Somerset or to find out more about domestic abuse, including tips for teens on warning signs of abusive relationships, please visit our website, www.resourcecenterofsomerset.org or call our Department of Community Affairs - 908-359-0003, ext. 223.

For more information on this story, please contact James Strickhart at 908-526-8900, ext. 7169, or jstrickhart@scvts.net.