Niki Bellmaine and Karen Coyle airing their dirty laundry.
Niki Bellmaine and Karen Coyle airing their dirty laundry.

Airing your dirty laundry

Women who have experienced domestic violence often want to keep it hidden away from public because they feel ashamed. Now Niki Bellmaine from the Casino Youth Service wants people to come out and air their dirty laundry in public.

She has come up with a project where women and children who have experienced domestic violence can transfer their experiences on to a T-shirt that will then be hung up in shop fronts throughout Casino.

“We've got support from the whole community, so people who have experienced domestic violence can feel supported,” Niki said.

Workshops will be held at the Casino Civic Hall on Wednesday, October 21, and at Oakes Hall on Thursday, October 22, and as well as having the opportunity to make a T-shirt, there will be information about domestic violence services available.

Niki said the T-shirts could have paintings or drawings or slogans put on them.

“The concept of the dirty laundry day was that women often have a yarn over the washing line when they've got problems or issues they want to talk about. The T-shirt concept is saying that we're not going to be quiet on this issue. And although people often don't want to look at dirty laundry because it's a little bit uncomfortable, if everyone gets behind it the shame dissipates when it's out in the open,” she said.

For more information about the project call 6662 6944 or email cys.cnci@bigpond.com


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