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Empty Chair Display

honoring our loved ones

The Tragic Side of Domestic Violence

We started an Empty Chair Project in 2018 to raise public awareness of domestic violence homicides in Iowa. Each year more chairs are added to the display as more people lose their lives to domestic violence. The Empty Chair Display is available at the Centre Mall in Sioux Center, Iowa, every year during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. The display is typically shown Monday-Friday during the last full week of October.

More Than An Empty Chair

More Than An Empty Chair is a piece of this project that seeks to honor the memories of victims. We want to share their light with the rest of the world and acknowledge that they are not forgotten. We invited families who have lost a loved one to domestic violence to share a picture of their loved one, as well as a small write-up about them, to be placed in the display. Our hope is that this is a small way we can help honor loved ones and remember them each year.