T-Shirt Project Creates Powerful Message about Domestic Violence | Events
BATAVIA, OH (FOX19) - Calls for assistance now number 800 a month, as counselors for the YWCA domestic violence hotline that serves Clermont, Adams, and Brown counties, struggle to find shelter and resources for those who need to leave their homes, often with children in tow. “Last year at this time, we were getting 700 calls a month, so you can see how domestic violence reporting is increasing,” said local YWCA Shelter Manager Kirstin Eismin. On Tuesday, October 19, members of the community are invited to the UC Clermont College campus to design a T-shirt with a message about domestic violence. “The messages are deeply personal,” said Eismin. “As part of the Clothesline Project, we will hang these T-shirts on a line to create a powerful message about domestic violence and its impact on individuals, families, and communities.” The community is invited to design the T-shirts between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the UC Clermont campus, located at 4200 Clermont College Drive in Batavia.
The Board of Clermont County Commissioners has proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month; the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence estimates that one out of every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. “Research indicates that women who leave an abusive relationship, have tried to do so at least seven times previously,” said Eismin. “Many of these women fear for their lives, have little or no self esteem, no money, and think they have no other place to go. We offer them shelter, food, and assistance to break the cycle of violence.” Eismin encourages victims of domestic violence to call the 24-hour hotline if they need assistance; the number to call is (513) 753-7281.
On Thursday, October 21, a domestic violence vigil will be held at 5:30 p.m. on the steps of the Clermont County Courthouse, located at 270 E. Main Street in Batavia. “We invite those who have been a victim of domestic violence, and those who have lost a loved one to abuse to come out and join us for special music and speakers,” said Eismin. For more information about domestic violence or events planned to create awareness about domestic violence, call the YWCA at (513) 732-0450.