Barb's Bench coming to Pictou County to honour memory of domestic violence victims
A purple bench honouring the memory of a woman who lost her life to domestic violence is coming to Pictou County.
The Pictou County Chapter of Silent Witness Nova Scotia says they're working with the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women to bring the Barb's Bench Program to the area, which was created in memory of Barbara Baillie, a woman whose life was cut short by domestic violence on October 19th, 1990.
Baillie is just one of the more than 80 Nova Scotia women have lost their lives due to violence since 1990.
A news release says the bench is meant to celebrate the lives of these women, raise awareness of domestic violence, and encourage others who might be at risk, and those who love them, to reach out and seek help.
Three benches will be placed throughout the province, which includes the one that is coming to Pictou County.
The Pictou County Chapter will host a dedication ceremony for Barb's Bench at the Glasgow Square Gazebo on October 21st at 1 p.m., which will be followed by their annual Walk to Remember at the Samson Trail.
The trail will be lined with life-size, red, wooden silhouettes, which will each bear the name of a Pictou County woman whose life ended as a result of domestic violence.