Thomson and McDuffie County will soon get a tangible reminder of the victims of crime.
Unveiled Sunday night during the memorial service for Robin Reeves, the plans -- pending final approval -- call for a couple of wooden silhouettes of a woman's body to be placed on the courthouse lawn along with a placard showing various local domestic violence statistics. One of the silhouettes, painted black and adorned with Robin's name, will stay at Ms. Reeves house.
Joseph Standridge looks at the silhouette representing his mother that was unveiled during Sunday's memorial.
It's all about driving the danger home for National Victims' Rights Awareness Week, slated for April 10-16.
"We just want to make people aware of how often it does happen," said Marie Johnson, the victims' assistance coordinator for the local District Attorney's office. "And it can happen to you."
Ms. Johnson knew Ms. Reeves in high school. She recognized the name again years later when Ms. Reeves case file came across her desk.
And she's proud that Ms. Reeves family and friends have thrown their support behind the campaign.
In fact, Faye Reeves, Robin's mom, has been on board since the idea first came up months ago at a Domestic Violence Task Force meeting.
Faye Reeves decided to shepherd the idea to fruition. She brought in Mike Love and they worked out a plan for the silhouettes.
"Something that looked like it was going to be so time-consuming and so hard to do, Mike just made it look so easy," Ms. Johnson said.