Recent coverage of the Chris Brown and Rihanna incident has brought the serious issue of domestic violence into the national spotlight. Many media outlets have been reaching out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) in an effort to bring to light the severity of the issue through use of our statistics and staff commentary on the recent incident. Victor Rivers and Robin Givens, who are both members of NDVH’s Celebrity Board and spokespeople for the Hotline were recently featured on Tuesday night’s “Larry King Live,” where guest host Joy Behar examined the difficulties in stopping domestic abuse.
Robin Givens, a survivor of domestic abuse at the hands of her former husband, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson shared her story and provided valuable insight as to what it feels like to experience domestic abuse and how similar the experiences of victims can be.
“I’ve spoken to women every[where]. … Peoria, El Paso. … And what’s amazing is that I find that my story is their story; their story is my story — down to the details.” Givens said. “He dragged me down the hall by my hair. He pulled me out of bed by my panties. He would like to choke me. He would kick.”
Contact information for the Helpline was featured prominently on the program as well. The Hotline answered an estimated 1,463 phone calls on the day of the broadcast resulting in a 90% increase in call volume on that day over the previous year.
Please visit the link below to view a full transcript of the show. The show will also be rebroadcast on Saturday, March 14, 2009.