The Dirty Laundry Day Project is a powerful community education campaign to raise awareness of domestic and family violence in our communities.
During the last nine years, the Dirty Laundry Day Project has provided a voice for hundreds of people who have experienced domestic violence. It has also engaged local businesses; community organisations; education bodies; our local police and health services. It has been promoted in the media and it’s success has been mentioned in the NSW Parliament. We believe it has truly shone a light on a difficult topic.
The project aims to:
- Raise awareness and challenge long held beliefs in our communities about domestic and family violence.
- Be a visible call for cultural change.
- Enable conversations to begin in our communities
- Provide an opportunity to hear the voices of those in our communities who have experienced domestic and family violence
- Encourage community support for the safety and well being of children and create more cohesive communities
- Send a strong message to perpetrators – as an early intervention strategy – that violence will not be tolerated in our communities.
- Connect service providers, people who have experienced domestic violence and the wider community allowing through networking and information sharing.
- Be a cathartic and empowering process for people who have experienced domestic and family violence.
Where can I find it?
In 2018, The Dirty Laundry Day Project will take place in Lismore, Kyogle, Casino and Western Sydney. If you would like to run The Dirty Laundry Day Project in your area, contact Amanda Shoebridge for more information.
Dirty Laundry Day and White Ribbon Day
White Ribbon Day 25 November and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (until 10 December) is the time we run The Dirty Laundry Day Project.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, up to 80% of women who have experienced intimate partner violence or sexual assault do not report it to the police. Participating locations hand Dirty Laundry Day t-shirts in their shop windows to raise awareness and start conversations about this challenging topic.