Casino airs its 'dirty laundry'
CASINO will again hang out its "dirty laundry" in an attempt to raise public awareness about domestic violence.
Now in its third year, the Dirty Laundry Day Project began in response to the many women who suffered domestic violence in silence and shame, project co-ordinator Niki Gill said.
"It (the project) is a creative and cathartic opportunity for women to transfer their experience of domestic violence onto a T-shirt that is displayed in public venues," she said.
This year the project is focusing on the impact of domestic violence on children, with preschoolers from the Casino district painting "their feelings" onto T-shirts.
Ms Gill said the preschoolers represented the children of families affected by domestic violence.
"Studies show that between 85% and 90% of the time when a domestic violent situation occurs, children are present," she said.
"In about 50% of these cases, children are also abused. Deaths due to fatal child abuse account for 36% of child homicides.
"The ongoing effects on children who have experienced domestic violence are complex and far-reaching, but include impacts on brain development, learning capacity, self-esteem, relationships, violent behaviour management and increase the likelihood of later involvement in the criminal justice system and with welfare agencies."
The Dirty Laundry Day Project had given women the chance to find out about resources in the community for families living with domestic violence, Ms Gill said.
It gave them the opportunity to link up with services and other women in similar situations, helping reduce isolation and separation.
A forum focusing on domestic violence and children will be held on November 25 at the Casino Community and Cultural Centre and will involve service providers discussing the impact of domestic violence on children and look at strategies and supports that will improve short- and long-term outcomes for them.
On the same day, a full exhibition of the T-shirts will be on show to the public at the cultural centre from 2-3pm.