Last week the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives voted to reauthorize the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) as part of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). This bill ensures The Hotline will continue answering calls from victims of domestic violence from across the country and that domestic violence shelters providing support to victims and their children when fleeing abusive homes will continue to exist. The passage of FVPSA/CAPTA by both the Senate and House demonstrates bipartisan agreement that safety of women, children and men is a priority. We look forward to President Obama signing the bill into law. Learn more.
We add to our “Love Is” public awareness campaign with the release of a public service announcement from a member of The Hotline’s 15th Anniversary Honorary Committee, Denise Brown. This video is one in a series we will be releasing throughout our year-long commemoration of the 15th Anniversary.
Denise has been an informed and outspoken advocate for ending domestic violence since the murder of her sister, Nicole Brown Simpson. In 1994, she was called to Washington to testify for the historic Violence Against Women Act, which led to the creation of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and many other programs to help victims of domestic violence. She cares deeply about improving the quality of living for those who are threatened with domestic violence.
Stay tuned in the coming months for more in the series of public service announcements for our “Love is” awareness campaign.
The holidays should be a time for family and friends to share the joy and hope of the season. For those experiencing abuse, however, December can also be a particularly stressful time. Domestic violence doesn’t stop for the holidays and the added pressures of holiday expectations can worsen an already unhealthy situation. This year, help those living with abuse to know that they’re never alone, especially during the holidays.
One call to The Hotline brings compassion, courage, and a connection to help. Your donation can give a victim the gift of a new beginning and a brighter New Year.
Join us in creating a community of hope for everyone taking the courageous step to call for help over the holidays. When our phones light up at The Hotline, we want to ensure a caring voice is available to offer help. Let’s light up the holidays for callers by giving them the gift of life and hope this holiday season.
Thank you for all you do for victims, this season and every season.
There is still time to order your Love. Dignity. Respect. shirts for the holidays.
For many Americans, Thanksgiving is a day to spend time with family, giving thanks for loved ones, eating a home-cooked meal and enjoying all that life has to offer. During this holiday, we at The Hotline pause to give thanks and show gratitude for the following:
- That those affected by domestic violence find the courage and strength to make that first call for help to 1-800-799-SAFE.
- That elected officials understand the serious situation that domestic violence victims find themselves in and are working to help end domestic violence.
- For partners and donors’ support and dedication in helping The Hotline be a vital link to safety for thousands of victims each month.
- For advocates who give selflessly to each caller and are a voice of hope and safety as they journey toward a life free from violence.
Not everyone will have an easy holiday. Some will not be home, but instead seeking safety and refuge at their local family violence shelter. You can make these families’ holidays brighter by reaching out to your local family violence program this season. There are many ways you can help:
- Volunteer your time at a local family violence program
- Donate your professional skills (i.e. legal services, administrative, medical, hairstyling, etc.)
- Organize a food drive or toy drive through your church, club, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.
- Donate gifts for adults and children. Some programs even provide opportunities for residents to pick and give gifts to their children.
- Adopt a family at your local program
- Donate your gently used clothing items. Programs use these items for residents who flee with only the clothes on their backs. Some also have resale shops and accept donations of clothes, toys, books, etc.
Keep watching the website for our “Light Up the Holidays” series, discussing how you can help those affected by domestic violence this holiday season. And from everyone at The Hotline, we wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline was honored to rank in the top 10 best places to work in a 2010 report conducted by the Austin American Statesman and Workplace Dynamics, a company with expertise in employee engagement. The Hotline is the only social services nonprofit ranked in the top 10. “We are honored that our employees find satisfaction in our workplace and believe in our mission, ethics, leadership and values,” said CEO Dyanne Purcell in response.
The evaluation for the Top Workplaces program is based upon feedback from anonymous employee surveys. The surveys were then analyzed for the results and came up with a list of the Top 75 Austin-area employers.
Read more about the recognition.
Click here to read more about employment at The Hotline.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is proud to launch the 15th Anniversary “Love Is” awareness campaign to promote healthy relationships and ensure people in abusive relationships know that help is available to them. The Hotline is open 24-hours a day, every day, with assistance in 170 languages and those who call the Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) will reach a life-line for women, men, children and families in danger. The Hotline offers victims and those who care about them help and hope for a safer future. Learn more…
As part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Dyanne Purcell, CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, spoke in Riverside County, California to help launch a billboard awareness campaign, “Domestic Violence Hurts Everyone.”
Check out the billboards:
The Hotline is proud to team up with The Enterprise Mobility Foundation (EMF) and NextFone to allow companies to safely recycle mobile phones and help victims of domestic violence. The year-long partnership allows companies to send old smartphones (and other mobile phones) to NextFone cost-free and NextFone will remove proprietary data from the phones and donate the current market value of phones to support The Hotline services. Join our new campaign and give victims of domestic violence a voice and donate your firm’s old smartphones to support The Hotline.
Did you know buying a pair of shoes can help benefit the Hotline? For every pair of shoes sold at Marshall’s stores from October 1 -15, 2010, the company will donate $1 to the Hotline (up to $150,000).
For almost two decades, Marshalls has supported the prevention and awareness of domestic violence and for the second year in a row, Marshall’s has supported the Hotline in our life-saving efforts and we are proud to stand with them and take a stand against domestic violence.
This year, in addition to the in-store program Marshalls will also be taking its symbolic exhibit to different parts of the country to further encourage people to join us and take a stand against domestic violence. You can see the exhibit at this year’s Savor the Season event on October 10, 2010 in Los Angeles and in East Harlem, NY on October 15th.
Last week, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden hosted a reception at their home at the Naval Observatory to mark the 16th anniversary of VAWA and The Hotline and loveisrespect, National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline were honored to be a part of the celebration.
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was a landmark piece of legislation that in addition to other great achievements, created the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Then-senator Joe Biden was the chief author of the 1994 legislation and has been instrumental in supporting not only The Hotline, but also working to end violence against women and girls.
We thank him and the other legislators responsible for VAWA for their hard work on behalf of victims. Please read the article that ran on the White House blog to learn more about VAWA.
(Pictured: Katie Ray-Jones, Director for the Hotline and loveisrespect, and Dyanne Purcell, CEO of the Hotline and loveisrespect at the reception.)
Parents of murdered dating violence victims, advocates and legislators are uniting to fight for education to prevent dating violence. The recent tragic death of University of Virginia student Yeardley Love has brought attention to the need for teen dating violence education legislation. loveisrespect, National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline, Seventeen Magazine and the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) are joining forces through Liz Claiborne Inc.’s MADE – Moms and Dads for Education to Stop Teen Dating Abuse – to ensure every middle school and high school in every state across the country teaches a curriculum about preventing dating relationship violence and abuse each year. Currently, only four states, Rhode Island, Texas, Ohio and Nebraska, have passed strong laws requiring school districts to have a dating violence policy to address incidents of dating violence at school. Please click here to read the full press release. News coverage of the tragic event is available at ABC.com.
Blue Cross Blue Shield Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas has just launched their Be Smart. Be Well campaign. The campaign aims to educate the public so they can make good healthy choices. They have put together several videos on a variety of topics such as childhood obesity, sexually transmitted diseases and domestic violence. The domestic violence section includes a lot of great information. National Domestic Violence Hotline CEO Sheryl Cates was interviewed last year for the campaign. Please click here to visit the campaign website.
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