Community Beyond Violence (CBV) is bringing the Nevada County Clothesline Project to the Alpha Building on Broad Street in Nevada City for one month beginning May 27. The clothesline is a visual display of t-shirts on which survivors and victims of domestic violence and sexual assault–as well as their loved ones–express their emotions about their experiences with violence.

CBV Prevention Supervisor Marah DeFlavia (left) and Youth Organizer Lexi Martin (right) display a part of the Nevada County Clothesline Project.

For many years, CBV displayed the clothesline locally, which made a significant impact on the community. “We believe it’s vital to bring this back to our community to raise awareness about interpersonal violence, which is more prevalent here than many people realize,” said Marah DeFlavia, CBV Prevention Supervisor. “We want to empower those affected by violence to break the silence that often surrounds their experience and honor their strength to continue. We have heard from past survivors and their loved ones that participating in this project was a powerful and healing experience.”

CBV invites anyone who has been affected by violence to participate in this project, regardless of gender identification or orientation. Those interested may contact Marah at marah@cbv.org or call her at 530-272-2046. More information is available at www.cbv.org/clothesline.

Founded in Massachusetts in 1990, the Clothesline Project has since become an international movement. More information at: http://theclotheslineproject.org/

If you, or anyone you know is experiencing interpersonal violence, please call our 24-hour crisis line at 530-272-3467. For more information about Community Beyond Violence, visit www.cbv.org.