This October, trees in downtown Bloomington are wrapped in sweaters for Domestic Violence Awareness month. This project is put on by Middle Way House, a non-profit crisis intervention service provider serving the Bloomington community. MWH has operated in Bloomington since the 1970s and continues to show their support to survivors of domestic violence through this annual tradition.
Each sweater on a tree is sponsored by an individual or organization and produced by fabric artists. These efforts result in the months-long public art display available for residents of Bloomington to promote helping and supporting survivors of domestic abuse.
The services MWH provides includes emergency shelter, transitional housing, sexual assault support and youth programs for residents across southern Indiana. According to a press release, MWH saw an increase of over 100 calls each month to their crisis line during last year’s art display, reflecting the awareness brought by this campaign.
MWH is inviting all members of the community to the Courthouse lawn at 6:00 p.m. Friday to promote the beginning of this display.