WHAT: Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC) and their Domestic Violence service, New Horizons, are hosting an event to raise awareness about Domestic violence, specifically in the Middletown area. The event will consist of a few women speaking about their own experiences with domestic violence followed by a presentation of the Clothesline project. The Clothesline project involves a display of dozens of t-shirts, which have been individually decorated with thoughts, emotions and artwork by victimized women who have been sheltered at New Horizon’s over the last few years. The event will include light refreshments and a short presentation on the success of New Horizon’s Domestic Violence Initiative by the president, Gerry Bennett.
WHO: CHC and New Horizon’s staff members, along with members of the community.
WHEN: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 6pm.
WHERE: Community Health Center, Inc., 675 Main Street, Middletown, CT. 06457
WHY: According to the National Coalition against Domestic Violence, one in every four women in the United States will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. On an annual basis, New Horizons provides services and shelter to over 1,000 women and children. The shelter itself is one element of a comprehensive approach to intimate partner violence (IPV) that also includes community education, support groups, individual counseling, and consultation to CHC’s clinical provider teams. The Clothesline project started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a therapeutic vehicle for battered women affected to express their emotions by decorating a t-shirt; this display seeks to raise community awareness of how many of our neighbors are affected by domestic violence.
Please join us tomorrow if you can!