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Clothesline Project raises awareness for domestic violence

Fifty-seven shirts are displayed in front of the Shelby County Courthouse.

The shirts, designed by Shelbyville middle and high school students in the Safe Date classes, as well as by members of an incarcerated support group at the Shelby County Jail, represent the number of lives lost to domestic violence in Indiana in the past year.

The shirts were pinned on a clothesline on the courthouse lawn on Tuesday for the annual Clothesline Project ceremony held by Turning Point Domestic Violence Services of Shelby County.

Calling domestic violence “100 percent preventable,” Amber Knopp, community services director of Turning Point in Shelby County said the organization is focusing on raising awareness.

“It’s not a disease, it’s someone’s actions,” she said. “So it’s 100 percent preventable. So we’ve been pushing really strongly, especially this year, of how we can come together as a community to prevent this from happening in future generations.”