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Powerful Documentary on Domestic Violence Will Begin Airing in June on PBS Stations Across the Country

posted May 21, 2010, 3:32 PM by Unknown user

Friends,

If you are near the TV on June 1, please watch this program which is airing on PBS.  Amy Homan McGee was an employee of Verizon Wireless.  Her story is very compelling, and all too common. 

 

Once called the silent epidemic, domestic violence impacts the entire spectrum of society at all educational and socio-economic levels.  According to the U.S. Department of Justice, one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.  The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that about one in three high school students have been or will be involved in an abusive relationship, and 40 percent of teenage girls ages 14 to 17 say they know someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend.  This is just not acceptable! 

 

The Verizon Foundation invests in programs that prevent the cycle of domestic violence.  We address the root causes of domestic violence through education; we are advancing best practices to give counselors and advocates effective tools to help survivors; we support programs that offer safety and relief; we are harnessing the power of technology to educate and protect survivors from violence; we are helping young people know how to recognize the signs of violence, change behaviors and keep themselves safe.  Additionally, the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® phone recycling program provides wireless phones with service to nonprofit organizations for use with victims and survivors, giving them an immediate connection to help whenever and wherever they need it.  You can donate your no-longer used wireless phones and equipment (from any service provider) at your local Verizon Wireless Store, or though the U.S. mail (download a postage-paid label at http://aboutus.vzw.com/communityservice/Shipping.html.)

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