Mama and her clothesline is an iconic image in Arkansas and the South that will be the focal point of Domestic Violence Awareness Month here and in Prescott next week.
Eighth Judicial District-North Prosecuting Attorney Christi McQueen announced the display of the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence Clothesline from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Hope and on Wednesday, Oct. 0, in Prescott.
“The Arkansas Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to the deadly reality of violence against women,” McQueen said Monday. “The clothesline is hung with white tee-shirts decorated with written messags and illustrations that graphically represent each victim's fatal experience with domestic violence.”
The display will be stationed at the corner of Third and Hervey streets in Hope and at Sterling Square in Prescott, McQueen said.
“This year, there will be nearly 500 shirts included in the display, each representing a woman murdered in Arkansas in the past 10 years by an act of domestic violence,” she added.
Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics show that 1,500 women in the United States are murdered each year by a husband or boyfriend, McQueen explained. “Seventy-five percent of the women killed by their abuser are killed either while attempting to leave, or after they have left. And, in over 50 percent of the homes with domestic violence, there is child abuse, as well. Children from violent homes are 1,000 times more likely to abuse a adults or to be abused as adults.”
She said the Clothesline Project represents a dramatic visualization of the issue, where each tee shirt tells its own story.
“Our greatest weapon against domestic violence is communication,” McQueen said. “Together we must break the power of the secret that protects abusers. If you are being abused, please tell someone.”
She said additional information is available by calling 800-269-4668 or by going to domesticepeace.com online.