Throughout the country, silhouettes are being posted in certain parts of towns and cities to highlight the importance of domestic violence awareness.
The silhouettes were spotted by people from Texas to the East Coast, with many initially unsure as to what they represented, Mad World News reports.
“I saw the silhouettes yesterday and wondered what they were. Thank you,” one woman wrote on the Facebook page for the Baytown Police Department in Baytown, Texas, after the department detailed the meaning behind the cutouts.
“If have you driven by the Baytown PD, Municipal Court, and Baytown jail recently, you may have noticed red silhouettes placed around the grounds,” the police department wrote on Facebook.
“These silhouettes represent men, women, and children who have died from domestic violence incidents," the post continued. "These silent victims are from Baytown, Houston, and surrounding communities throughout Texas.”
Depending on the location, silhouettes of different colors are displayed with several different meanings.
The silhouettes were posted up as a way to promote Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and they’ve been followed with ceremonies and vigils nationwide.
The issue of domestic violence is one that affects an alarmingly significant number of Americans, as Winston-Salem, North Carolina, mayor Allen Joines noted, according to The Chronicle.
“According the Center for Disease Control, nearly 1 in 4 women in the United States reports experiencing violence by a current, or former spouse or partner at some point in her life,” Joines read in a proclamation declaring October Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
“The city of Winston-Salem is committed to take a firm position against domestic violence, and will remain focused on ensuring all people are safe in their homes, and that abusers are held accountable for their crimes," he added.
Men are also often victims of domestic violence as well — with one in seven men having been victims of abuse at the hands of their partners, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV).