SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A very special and unique way to honor victims of domestic violence. Here at Court Square in downtown Springfield, dozens upon dozens of t-shirts were hung, displaying the stories of domestic violence victims, survivors and the people who support them.
It’s called “The clothesline project” because in the old days, women would often confide in other women about their struggles while hanging clothes. The Y-W-C-A of western Massachusetts told 22News domestic violence affects more than just the victim.
Kristy Navarro, YWCA of western Massachusetts told 22News, “Domestic violence affects people all around. Not only the survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault but also their significant others and family members.”
The YWCA provides supports groups, counseling, as well as legal, court and medical advocacy, where they go to court houses and hospitals and support victims there.