‘Clothesline Project’ shows impact of domestic abuse in Minnesota, aims to change trend

19 domestic violence deaths in Minnesota this year

19 Minnesotans have died from domestic violence this year, and a local nonprofit wants to change the trend.

The Women’s Resource Center of Winona is featuring the stories of dozens of victims with its annual ‘Clothesline Project.’ Minnesota deaths to domestic violence within the last year are displayed on t-shirts hanging from a clothesline.

Organizers say they hope the exhibit pushes people to act.

“People who really want to see this end can play a meaningful role in stopping it, even if not preventing it just by being a supportive network to each other,” said Women’s Resource Center of Winona Executive Director Diana Miller.

Center leaders say there are three signs of domestic violence often missed by friends and family:

The relationship seems to be advancing quickly
Frequent verbal or emotional abuse
If the couple pulls away from those around them