Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/HopeLine from Verizon.
It is Nation Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Did you know that 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime? It may not be her directly but she may witness it or she may have someone close to her being abused. Women aren’t the only ones being abused though so don’t let that statistic cloud your vision of who the victim of domestic violence is because nearly 3 million men are physically assaulted in the US as well. The unfortunate truth is that nearly 3 million children will witness this abuse in their homes this year and on any given day more than 20,000 phone calls are placed to hotlines across the nation.
Although I have never been a victim of domestic violence I have definitely been affected by it. I have a vivid memory from my childhood where I witnessed one of the worse domestic violence scenarios ever. It was New Year’s Eve and I was about 7 years old at the time. My little 2-year old sister and I were dropped off at an aunt’s home for the night to be babysat while my parents went out to celebrate. What my parents did not know was that my aunt decided to go out too and left us with a neighbor. The couple she left us with had four little kids all younger than myself and they left us with a teenager for the night. It was about 2am when I heard the screaming and what I witness for the next 45 minutes until the police finally arrived is something I will never forget. Fortunately, all the children were not harmed but I remember being the oldest how I was tasked with keeping them hidden and quiet out of fear of our lives.
Domestic Violence scars people.
I’m one of these statistics.
This year we can do something about it through HopeLine® from Verizon. We can take action against domestic violence by helping HopeLine reach their goal of 1 million phone donations by the end of the year. If you drop your old wireless phones, chargers, and accessories (no matter what carrier) to your local Verizon store you are helping to support victims and survivors of domestic violence. In addition, by going to your Verizon store or going to Verizon online and purchasing their exclusive line of purple accessories (headsets, phones, tablet cases) they will donate $1 (up to $100,000) to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. You can learn more about the program here.
What HopeLine Does
HopeLine provides financial support to non-profit domestic violence organizations and agencies that are committed to connecting victims and survivors to vital resources.
Verizon has been supporting domestic violence awareness and prevention since 2001 through the HopeLine program. Throughout the years they have not only donated millions of dollars, but thousands of phones and numerous resources. So far this year HopeLine has collected more than 11.4 million phones!
Show Your Support – Purple LG Tone Pro™ Wireless Stereo Headset Giveaway
One lucky reader will win an LG Tone Pro™ Wireless Stereo Headset valued at $69.99 (US residents only). This giveaway will end Thursday, November 5, 2015.
How do you support National Domestic Violence Awareness & Prevention?