October 3rd, 2012
“Clothesline Project” increases domestic violence awareness
To begin the annual observation of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Safe Homes of Orange County hosted the “Clothesline Project” on Monday, October 1, 2012 at 280 Broadway in Newburgh, NY. Hudson Valley Press/CHUCK STEWART, JR.
NEWBURGH - To begin the observation of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, Safe Homes of Orange County hosted the “Clothesline Project” on Monday, October 1, on the plaza of the Neighborhood Business & Resource Center, at 280 Broadway in Newburgh.
The official ceremony featured many speakers including Kellyann Kostyal-Larrier, Executive Director of Safe Homes of Orange County, Kristen Jensen, representing the County Executive Edward A. Diana, the Hon. Francis D. Phillips, II, District Attorney; the Hon. Judy Kennedy, Mayor, and Chief of Police Michael Ferrara with the City of Newburgh. They were joined by leaders of victim advocacy organizations.
First conceived and displayed in Cape Cod, MA, in 1990, The Clothesline Project is a visual display of T-shirts with messages and illustrations designed by women survivors of domestic violence, or by someone who has been a witness of violence against women. The demonstration seeks to increase awareness about the impact of violence in people’s lives, celebrate a woman’s strength to survive, and provide another way to break the silence that often surrounds domestic violence.
Additional Clothesline events will take place on October 10th at the Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center, 147 Lake Street in Newburgh; October 11th at the Galleria at Crystal Run in Middletown; and October 18th, at Veterans Square Park in Port Jervis.
Other events throughout the month include free interactive workshops, a Domestic Violence Awareness Walk, a Zumbathon, Wear-Purple-Day, and the Safe Homes’ Annual Celebration of Hope Dinner. For details on these and other October events, visit www.safehomesorangecounty.org or call Safe Homes at 845-562-5365.
Founded in 1986, Safe Homes works toward eliminating domestic violence by offering comprehensive support services to survivors and by increasing public awareness through education and prevention programs. For help, call Safe Homes’ 24-Hour-Hotline at 1-888-503-4673 (HOPE).