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Goshen, N.Y. – Orange County will recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) by hosting the Clothesline Project outside of the County’s Government Center.
The County and Safe Homes of Orange County will host a ceremony to unveil the Clothesline Project at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, October 1st in front of the Orange County Government Center. It will be on display from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Monday and then move to other locations in Orange County. The rain date for the display at the Government Center is Tuesday, October 2nd. The Clothesline Project was last displayed at the Government Center in 2010.
“The Clothesline Project provides an opportunity to show support for domestic violence victims and their families,” Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus said. “It is a powerful and sobering reminder of the horrible impact that domestic violence has had in our communities. Orange County will continue to assist Safe Homes and domestic violence victims in any way we can, using all of our community’s available resources and programs. We thank Safe Homes for helping us put this important community event together.”
The Clothesline Project is comprised of T-shirts made by survivors of domestic violence or in honor of someone who has been a victim of violence. It not only promotes awareness about domestic violence but also helps the healing process for victims and those who have lost a loved one to violence.
According to Kellyann Kostyal-Larrier, Executive Director of Safe Homes of Orange County, the Government Center is the only location that can accommodate the full display of more than 600 T-shirts hand-made by individuals.
“Safe Homes is grateful that we can return to the Government Center for the kick-off of Domestic Violence Awareness month,” Kostyal-Larrier said. “The Clothesline Project is a somber, moving, experience. Viewers will be able to ‘walk the line’ and reflect upon the words and images created by victims and their family members. We appreciate the continued support of County Executive Neuhaus who has been on the forefront of this movement.”
Domestic violence statistics are alarming: One in four women will be the victim of domestic violence at some point in her lifetime. On average, three women are killed every day at the hands of a current or former intimate partner. Since September of 2004, 25 women have been murdered by their husbands or intimate partners in Orange County, and one woman is missing but presumed dead, according to Safe Homes of Orange County.
Safe Homes provides free counseling, support groups, legal services, and other forms of support to victims of domestic violence, teen dating violence and human trafficking, and gives training to agencies, businesses, law enforcement, and individuals regarding domestic violence. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, you can call Safe Homes of Orange County 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 845-562-5340.