Inmates Paint Shirts for Clothesline Project for Domestic Violence Awareness

The Alexandria Domestic Violence Program exhibits The Clothesline Project in the community during October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The vividly decorated t-shirts are strung on a clothesline to bear witness to violence against women and their strength to survive.

Page updated on Oct 27, 2020 at 2:28 PM

2020 ASO Clothesline ShirtIn recent years, the Sheriff's Office has displayed The Clothesline Project in a public area for visitors to see. This year, female inmates at the Alexandria Adult Detention Center had the opportunity to participate in a virtual Clothesline Project. Eight women painted individual t-shits to memorialize victims, honor survivors, and encourage family members, friends, and women everywhere to seek help if they are in an abusive relationship.

With messages of support and sorrow and with powerful images like a broken heart and purple ribbons (right), the t-shirts also encourage women to tell their own stories and to reassure others that they are not alone.

Inmate Services staff provided supplies and encouragement for those who wanted to participate. Staff also submitted photos of the completed shirts (below) to the virtual Clothesline Project which is organized by the Office of Wellness and Mental Health at Northern Virginia Community College.

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2020 ASO Clothesline Shirts