October – A time to express emotions

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In our October 1st blog, we promised to keep you posted about the Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities taking place throughout the month at the Center for Women and Families (CWF) and Women’s Residential and Counseling Center (WRCC).

Well the activities are underway, with some pretty creative and meaningful results. Last week, our ladies painted tee shirts as part of The Clothesline Project (TCP), a program started in 1990 as a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. Per TCP, they then hung the shirts on clotheslines to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. This has taken place on both Coalition campuses for quite a number of years.   DSC_9481

Painting my shirt opened up a floodgate. It made me aware of what’s gone on in my life that I never dealt with. If I’m not healthy and okay, I’m depriving my children of me,” said Latisha, who also helped hang all the shirts at WRCC.

“It starts at home,” Dahiema commented about abuse. “You think it’s the norm.”

This week, another cathartic activity took place with the ladies in our Women’s Empowerment Groups – the art of jewelry-making. And at WRCC, the kids were old enough to participate in the project with their moms, with some pretty creative results.

So what does jewelry-making have to do with Domestic Violence Awareness, you ask?

IMG_0560Our CWF client, Diana, talked about the relationship, explaining, “It has to do with releasing frustration and pressure. It’s very therapeutic. What you’re going through is not on your mind. You can think about something else and draw on your creative juices.”

The personal power of such activities for our women and their caring for each other might lose a bit in the re-telling, but we want to share it anyway!

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