The Eighth Judicial District-North Prosecuting Attorney's Office, in conjunction with the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence, will bring a dramatic visual exhibit to Southwest Arkansas this week.
The Domestic Violence Clothesline, a display of some 500 tee shirts commemorating the murders of victims of domestic violence in Arkansas over the past decade, will be on display in Hope on Tuesday and in Prescott on Wednesday. The displays will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day.
“Domestic abuse and child abuse depend on the power of the secret,” Prosecuting Attorney Christi McQueen said. “Nobody wants to talk about it and nobody wants to believe it happens close by. Everybody should talk about it and it absolutely does happen close by.”
The exhibit will be stationed at the corner of Third and Hervey streets in Hope and will be at Sterling Square in Prescott, McQueen said.
The exhibit depicts a clothesline hung with white tee-shirts, each decorated with written messages that represent a victim's fatal experience with domestic violence, allowing each to tell its own story, she said.
“One out of four women in this country will be physically abused at some point in her life by someone she is supposed to be able to trust; by someone who is supposed to love her,” McQueen said.
For more information concerning the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence, go to domesticpeace.com online or telephone (800) 269-4668.