During the last ten 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.
In 2019, The Dirty Laundry Day Project will take place all over the Northern Rivers in partnership with Summerland Credit Union, in Lismore, Coffs Harbour, Kyogle and Forbes. If you would like to run The Dirty Laundry Day Project in your area, contact Amanda Shoebridge for more information.
Dirty Laundry Day at Summerland Credit Union
In 2019 Dirty Laundry Day Project will take place in partnership with Summerland Credit Union with displays in branches right across the Northern Rivers.
Click here to see the branches involved: https://summerland.com.au/find-us
In September 2019 Summerland Credit Union joined Social Futures in becoming an accredited workplace recognised for leading social change to prevent and respond to violence in our communities.
At Summerland we uphold good governance and role model the standards of decency, respect, and accountability. As a financial institution, we provide ethical banking and take steps to prevent the financial abuse of vulnerable customers, including elder abuse, domestic violence and disability bias. We promote equality across the board, regardless of gender or any other attribute – when people are represented equally, respect follows. We welcome and celebrate diversity – our communities are richer when people are valued and free to be themselves.
Summerland are proud to be supporting Social Futures’ Dirty Laundry Day Project. Visit one of the Summerland Credit Union branches to see the powerful displays of t-shirts with messages by people in our own communities who want their voice heard.
Dirty Laundry Day in Coffs Harbour
The Dirty Laundry Day Project will also be rolled out in Coffs Harbour in partnership with Warrina Domestic & Family Violence Specialist Services. The launch will be held in the Coffs Harbour CBD on the 22/11/2019 with Dr Angela Jay, an inspirational survivor / advocate as guest speaker.
A number of workshops will be held with women who have experienced violence, including Aboriginal community members, young people, people experiencing ongoing homelessness (sleeping rough) with a history of trauma and representatives from the CALD community. These workshops will run over the 16 Days of Activism and the T-shirts will be displayed in the CBD of Coffs Harbour.
The C.EX (Coffs Ex Services Club) has kindly provided support through the free lease of a shop they own in the CBD for the duration of the event. They will also support us through the display of messages against violence against over the 16 Days of Activism.
With thanks to Warrina Domestic & Family Violence Specialist Services; The C.EX (Coffs Ex Services Club); and Mid Coast Communities.
Dirty Laundry Day in Kyogle
The Kyogle Domestic Violence Committee, in partnership with Ritchies IGA Kyogle will have a Dirty Laundry Day Project display in the main street of Kyogle.
You can view the display from Friday 8 November 2019 in the old Richies IGA site, 115 Summerland Way Kyogle.
click here to watch our clip: https://vimeo.com/374568509
Dirty Laundry Day in Forbes
Dirty Laundry Day will be rolled at the Forbes event on 25 November 2019. There will be stalls with activities at Lions Park in Forbes and a march will take place through the town beginning at Cross Street. Please gather at 10:10am to march from 10:30am toward Lions Park.
Social Futures Local Area Coordinator, Belinda, will be on hand at Lions Park with a Dirty Laundry Day Project where you can paint and display messages onto t-shirts.
With thanks to The Forbes Domestic and Family Violence Committee.
Dirty Laundry Day and the 16 days of Activism
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence ( Nov 25th until 10 December 2019) 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.
Watch videos of previous campaigns or click any thumbnail to see full size image
Thanks to our supporters and sponsors
The Dirty Laundry Day Project is grateful for the contributions and support of:
- Casino Neighbourhood Centre
- Jenny Dowell (OAM)
- Lismore City Council
- Lismore Domestic Violence Interagency
- Men and Family Centre
- Niki Gill – Founder of the Dirty Laundry Day Project
- QBE Insurance Company
- St Vincent De Paul Society
- Women Up North
THANK-YOU all and the other staff, family and volunteers who make it possible.