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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.
In the spring time, Ben and Jerry's hosts Free Cone Day. In lieu of paying money for an ice-cream cone, guests are encourage to donate to the shops' favorities charities. Our friends at the Ben & and Jerry's in Unioni Station have adopted My Sister's Place for this fun and educational event for years!
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior exhibited by one person towards another between whom there is a relationship. Domestic violence is characterized by the misuse of power and control. It includes physical, emotional, psychological, verbal, sexual, and economic abuse. Legally, domestic violence includes a broad spectrum of relationships – including violence between siblings, children and parents, roommates, caretakers, etc.
My Sister's Place (MSP) is part of an interactive community committed to eradicating domestic violence. We provide safe and confidential emergency shelter and transitional-to-permanent housing to battered women and their children. We also provide supportive programs, counseling, education and advocacy to all survivors of domestic violence. Our goal is to empower survivors to take control of their own lives.