The clothesline project is a visual display that bears witness to violence against women. During the public display, a clothesline is hung with shirts. Each shirt is decorated to represent a particular woman's experience; by the survivor herself or someone who cares about her.
The Project began with thirty-one shirts hung in Hyannis, Massachusetts in the Fall of 1990. Since that time, projects have begun in communities all across the country and in other countries as well. The purpose of the project is four-fold:to bear witness, to help with the healing process, to educate, document, and raise society's awareness, to provide a nation-wide network of support, information, and encouragement.