Dirty Laundry Day Project 2019

Dirty Laundry Day Project 2019

2018 dirty laundry logoThe Dirty Laundry Day Project is a powerful community education campaign to raise awareness of domestic and family violence in our communities.

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:

  • dirty laundry day shirts on the lineRaise 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.

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Where can I find it?

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.


Free bus travel on 28 February!

Free bus travel on 28 February!

Will you take the challenge, top of CFF posterNorthern Rivers residents are invited to try alternatives to car travel next week. Seven local bus companies are giving passengers FREE BUS TRAVEL on Thursday 28 February.

“In regional areas, we often we jump in the car and drive where we need to go without thinking” says Tony Davies, Chief Executive of Social Futures, “but sometimes catching the bus is a viable option, and this is the perfect day to find out.”

“For example, contrary to popular myth, more than 50 bus services run to and from LIsmore every day,” he added “and it doesn’t stop there. Car Free Feb is all about raising awareness of other travel options. You can walk, ride, skateboard, scooter or car pool.

“You don’t need to register for free bus travel. Just get on the bus and ride free for the whole day.”

#CarFreeFeb Competition


TWO 12-month Premium Spotify subscriptions and THREE $120 credit vouchers for travel with any participating bus company.

To enter

Simply post a picture of yourself going ‘Car Free’ on the Social Futures Facebook page up until midnight on 28 February .

Travel FREE on 28 February with any of the following bus operators:

• Northern Rivers Buslines
• Blanch’s Bus Company
• Ballina Buslines
• Watsons Bus Company
• Wallers Bus Company
• Casino Bus Service
• Busways

Find out more about transport options in the Northern Rivers visit www.goingplaces.org.au

Vote YES for Marriage Equality

Vote YES for Marriage Equality

Saying Yes for Lisa and Siggy – their story

Lisa-and-Siggy“The marriage equality movement throughout Europe has promoted love and equality for same sex couples and it has really changed the focus of what equality means in gay relationships” Lisa explains. “Polls in Australia indicate that the majority of people that have been polled, support same sex marriage. For me I feel that I have been ‘tolerated’ by community for a lot of our relationship, rather than accepted and able to participate as a full citizen. It will be meaningful for me for society to recognise our relationship”.

Lisa and Siggy raised their daughter, Tilly, together. “Marriage equality is really important for family”, both acknowledge. “Children growing up in a same sex marriage can have a lack of validation around the family structure which is potentially damaging”. Siggy adds, “even if I’m not particularly into marriage, it’s something that we all should have a right to choose. There’s also all the legal stuff that is really important that goes with marriage – including superannuation, taxation and probate. The marriage equality debate is negative and disempowering for young queer people. At $122 million, it’s a very expensive way to be more mean to queer people. Some of the No campaign promotion is so hurtful and shocking”.

Lisa observes that the campaign is problematic. “Malcolm Turnbull says it’s going to be a Yes outcome; and I think there’s a danger there that a lot of the community will think it’s a ‘given’ and won’t think they need to participate in the survey because the leader of our country says it’s going to be a Yes vote”.

Siggy declares “I consider myself equal and after this long I want to make an honest woman of Lisa at some point! I think it’s very much about equality and it goes broader than same sex marriage. It’s really time it was passed and we all just move on”.

Lisa’s take home message is “Make sure you make your vote count folks. To be frank it’s predominantly an old person’s issue; young people don’t have a problem with marriage equality”.

With just a few days left to post your survey response… here’s what some of our staff are saying about why they vote yes.

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