Clothesline Project 2014

Thank you to everyone who made the Clothesline Project activities possible this year.

We managed to cover four local government areas across Gippsland, with displays in Morwell, Sale, Warragul and Orbost.

The Morwell display at the Mid Valley Shopping Centre was set up from the 13th to the 17th of October, with our media launch taking place at 11am on Monday the 13th. The launch was attended by many including representatives from local government, Victoria Police, Gippsland’s Aboriginal community and family violence service providers. It was fantastic to see so many people turn out to kick the Clothesline Project off with such enthusiasm, thank you to everyone who was able to attend.

Clothesline Project 2014

With support from the Prevention of Men’s Violence Against Women Regional Steering Committee, we were also able to invite community members to paint t-shirts with messages of hope and solidarity at the launch. Workers and community members alike connected strongly with the issue of violence and shared powerful messages of personal experiences and aspirations for the future. One young couple from Morwell worked together to design and paint a t-shirt that represented their family experiences of violence, and their promise for a strong and healthy relationship with each other. Finding words to discuss relationships can be challenging for all of us, but the t-shirts created a way to communicate a shared belief in safety and respect for everyone.  

Another highlight from this year’s activities was participating in the ‘Walk a kilometre in her shoes’ event in Orbost, a community walk to raise awareness of violence against women. Over 60 community members and service providers attended the event and we marched together through the streets of Orbost. T-shirts were painted and hung on display before and after the walk, while we shared resources and support around the issue.

With support from the Orbost Neighbourhood house, GCLS was also able to run an outreach legal advice clinic while in the area, and in response to the high level of uptake and engagement with the service we will be continuing our outreach work in Orbost into the new year. This is exciting news for both the Orbost community and GCLS.

The power of the clothesline project continues to speak for itself, through community reactions and engagement with the displays. We were proud to see the Clothesline set up at the Women in Gippsland Christmas party, and the Family Pathways network meeting.

If you’d like to be involved in the planning or would like any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can also read more about the Clothesline project activities from last year.

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