Haven Society will set up our Clothesline in preparation for the launch of the awareness campaign.


Haven Society is asking Nanaimo to speak out about domestic violence through the Clothesline Project Awareness Campaign, an interactive visual art project intended to spark a conversation about violence against women in our communities.


“Domestic violence still remains hidden behind closed doors,” said Anne Taylor, Executive Director at Haven Society. “It’s time to break the silence of violence and the Clothesline project is about doing just that!”


Starting Friday November 24, Haven Society, in partnership with Vancouver Island University Faculty Association – Status of Women, Nanaimo Family Life Association, Nanaimo Women’s Resource Centre, Canadian Federation of University Women and the Zonta Club of Nanaimo, invites Nanaimo community members to fill out a message on articles of clothing to be hung in designated locations around the city.  At 3pm on Nov 24th, the partners of the Nanaimo Women’s Action Committee will meet at Haven, with other community members, to launch the campaign.


The Clothesline Project coincides with the United Nations driven 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign and will run until December 10, Human Rights Day.  It will also mark December 6 – the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.   A march and vigil will be held at VIU on that date.  Other events are planned within the 16 days and will be posted on all partner websites. Check out some great events here:

Nanaimo Family Life Association: Clothesline Project

VIU Faculty Association Status of Women: Various Events throughout the 16 Days

Island Crisis Care: Clothesline Project to be displayed at the Nanaimo Samaritan House

Boys & Girls Club of Central Vancouver Island: Clothesline Project

Zonta Club of Nanaimo: Clothesline Project

Canadian Federation of University Women: Parksville/Qualicum Red Dress Project The CFUW also reached out to Nanaimo City and Council and were able to  City of Nanaimo Proclamation :We are incredibly proud of the City of Nanaimo for Declaring UNITE TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN from November 25th – December 10th. This proclamation coincides with the 16 Days of Activism! Huge thanks to our friend Joan from the Canadian Federation of University Women who got this approved!

People First Media have also put together a podcast featuring Haven Society, the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association Status of Women and Nanaimo Family Life Association to talk about the upcoming 16 Days of Activism and our Clothesline Project.


“Violence silences,” said Taylor.  “We are asking individuals in Nanaimo to send a message to speak out on violence against women in a very public way.”


Haven Society is asking participants to hang clotheslines along fences, along buildings or in trees, adding articles of clothing with messages about violence against women and/or answering phrases such as “Violence is…”, “I speak out on violence against women because…”, “Violence against women matters because…”


The key message — Violence Silences! Nanaimo Speaks Out! — will be centrally displayed on a sheet or large banner on every clothesline.


Participants can also speak out on social media by taking a picture with their message, posting through social media and visiting the Haven Society’s Facebook www.facebook.com/havensociety or via Twitter @HavenSociety.


Haven Society provides services to women and children, youth, and families who have experienced violence. Every year, Haven Society provides supportive services and shelter to nearly 4000 individuals and families in the mid Vancouver Island who have been victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and violence.


For more information on Haven Society:  www.havensociety.com

Media Contact:

Anne Taylor, Executive Director

Chantal Lambert, Resource Development and Communications Manager

Haven Society

Phone: (250) 756-2452 ext.239

anne@havensociety.com or chantal@havensociety.com