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Clothesline Project 2017

In 1990, domestic violence advocates in Massachusetts launched the Clothesline Project. Survivors told their stories of abuse, despair, hope, and empowerment by expressing their feelings and experiences through their own art on t-shirts, which were then displayed on clotheslines and hung throughout the community. Since then, many advocates have used this display as a way to raise awareness about domestic violence and the impact it has on real lives. 

MSP began the Clothesline Project in 1997, but wanted to do more. Victims of domestic violence often suffer in silence, and the Clothesline Project gives them a voice. We wanted to make sure our clients were heard. In 2013, we held the first Clothesline Project on the National Mall. 

Real survivors, served by MSP and our partners, told their stories on t-shirts. Victim advocates and volunteers wore the shirt and held the clothesline - delivering a powerful display. Our  Clothesline Project draws attention to this pervasive public health issue and showcases our communityís support for all people women, men and children who have experienced domestic violence.

We need you to take a stand against domestic violence and volunteer with our next Clothesline Project this October. For more information contact Renae Erichsen-Teal at or 202-529-5261. If you would like to support the Clothesline Project as a volunteer please contact Toshica Jones at or 202-529-5261.