Impacted by Violence? Create a T-Shirt and Start to Heal

Posted on 3/27/2017 11:10:05 AM

Clothesline Project t-shirtThe Clothesline Project is a program started on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. 

According to the Clothesline Project, the concept was simple—let each woman tell her story in her own unique way, using words and/or artwork to decorate her shirt. Once finished, she would then hang her shirt on the clothesline. This very action serves many purposes. It acts as an educational tool for those who come to view the Clothesline; it becomes a healing tool for anyone who make a shirt—by hanging the shirt on the line, survivors, friends, and family can literally turn their back on some of that pain of their experience and walk away; finally, it allows those who are still suffering in silence to understand that they are not alone.

The Haven Project is hosting a t-shirt-making workshop. Anyone who has been impacted by domestic or sexual violence is encouraged to come and decorate a t-shirt as part of the Clotheslines Project at IUP. These shirts will later be displayed during Take Back the Night events to provide a visual display about the impacts of violence.


Anyone who has been impacted by domestic or sexual violence


T-shirt-making workshop


Wednesday, March 29, 2017


5:00–8:00 p.m.


Room G18, Suites on Maple East

Display of Clothesline Project t-shirts All supplies will be provided—simply attend and participate.

If you have questions about this event or how you can volunteer for Take Back the Night activities, please e-mail

The Haven Project provides counseling and support for students who experience sexual and relationship violence. The Haven Project also provides education on sexual and domestic violence, stalking, consent, and bystander intervention.

For more information, visit the Haven Project or e-mail us at

If you or someone you know experiences sexual or domestic violence, help is available. You are not alone. Contact the Haven Project at 724-357-3947 or the IUP Counseling Center at 724-357-2621. You may also contact the Alice Paul House at 724-349-4444. All services are free and confidential.