The New Hampshire Clothesline Project
Bearing Witness to Domestic and Sexual Violence
The New Hampshire Clothesline Project is a visual display that uses t-shirts to bear witness to domestic and sexual violence in our communities. Each shirt on the public display represents a particular person’s experience and is either made by a survivor or an individual connected to the survivor. The shirts are displayed every April in conjunction with the annual National Crime Victims’ Rights Day held in Concord, NH. Crisis centers and colleges also host local displays and t-shirt making events to raise awareness in their communities.
The purpose of the New Hampshire Clothesline Project is to:
• Aid in the healing process for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
• Raise awareness on a local, state and national level of the extent of domestic and sexual violence.
• Provide an opportunity for the general public to pay tribute to survivors of violence and their families, while also providing a safe space for survivors to reach out and break the silence on their own experiences.
An initiative of the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program (AVAP) since 1994, The New Hampshire Clothesline Project is one of 500 statewide chapters and initiatives participating in the national Clothesline Project, which was formulated in Massachusetts in October of 1990.
Symbolism of the Clothesline T-shirts
In addition to each shirt representing personal symbolism for a survivor and/or a survivor’s family, a national color code is often, but not always, used as a guideline for a shirt’s design:
- WHITE for those who have died from violence;
- YELLOW OR BEIGE for survivors of domestic violence and abuse;
- RED, PINK, or ORANGE for those who have been raped or sexually molested;
- BLUE OR GREEN for survivors of incest or child sexual abuse;
- PURPLE for those attacked because of their sexual orientation;
- BROWN for those who have been stalked;
Participation in T-Shirt Making
Prior to the public display held in April, t-shirt making events are held for survivors and their families at local crisis centers, college campuses and community organizations throughout New Hampshire. Individuals who wish to make a t-shirt may contact their local crisis center for t-shirt making events in their area or may contact the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance program. Additionally, schools and community organizations interested in hosting a t-shirt making event or Clothesline Project display should also contact their local crisis center and the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program.
To contact the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program please call 603.224.8893 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.