October 4, 2019 Melissa Lamar

The Clothesline Project, a display which has been presented nationally to increase awareness of domestic violence, is on view now through October 15 at Tunxis Community College in the 100 Building and 600 Building passageway, to commemorate National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

In its 18th year on view at Tunxis, the Clothesline Project’s display of T-shirts hanging on a line symbolizes a lifeline which joins survivors together to feel empowered and supported by one another. T-shirts on the line are hand-decorated by survivors with their sentiments and messages, as well as by friends and families of survivors and victims, who have felt the impact of violence.

Started in 1990 to provide a visual reminder of the statistics on violence against women, the Clothesline Project presents itself as the first international movement of its kind, providing a medium for educating the public about the magnitude of the problem of violence against women, while promoting healing and social change. An estimated 50,000 to 60,000 T-shirts have been decorated by women for hundreds of Clothesline Projects throughout the world in public displays.

Global estimates published by the World Health Organization report that about one in three women worldwide have experienced some form of violence in their lifetime.

The display is on loan from the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV). The community is welcome to decorate T-shirts on their own for donation to CCADV’s permanent collection prior to the end of the display. T-shirts can be dropped off in the 100 Building, faculty office Room 4.

Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington. For a map of campus, see tunxis.edu/map. For more information on the display or the human services program at Tunxis, call 860.773.1637 or email crichard@tunxis.edu.