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National Domestic Violence Hotline Awareness

Symbolic Exhibit Launches Partnership between Marshalls and the National Domestic Violence Hotline

timgunnThe partnership between Marshalls and the National Domestic Violence Hotline (The Hotline) for the Shop ‘til It Stops Campaign has officially launched with two fundraising and awareness events in Los Angeles and New York. The first event in Los Angeles on October 1, kicked off Domestic Violence Awareness month and featured celebrity guests such as Project Runway’s Tim Gunn and Melrose Place star Laura Leighton and others.

Celebrity guests were on-hand alongside domestic violence survivors to unveil a symbolic exhibit honoring those who take a stand against domestic violence. The structure featured facts about domestic violence as well as pre-recorded messages from celebrity guests such as Jennifer Love Hewitt, Martina McBride, Vivica Fox, Robin Givens, Michael Bolton as well as others. The first 100 people to take a stand against domestic violence by walking through the exhibit at the unveiling received a free pair of shoes from Marshalls. The exhibit also travelled to Union Square in New York City for second event on October 8 where Robin Givens and Judge Jeanine Pirro were celebrity guests.

Part of the Shop til It Stops campaign donates $1.00 for each pair of shoes sold (up to $150,000) from October 1 through October 15.

National Domestic Violence Hotline Awareness

The Hotline CEO Sheryl Cates on Fox News

marshallsNational Domestic Violence Hotline (The Hotline) CEO Sheryl Cates was in New York today and made an appearance on New York City’s Fox 5 Morning News Show. Her interview with anchor Mike Woods focused on shedding the light on domestic violence and The Hotline’s recent partnership with Marshall’s for the Shop Till It Stops Campaign. Marshalls is donating $1 to The Hotline for each pair of shoes purchased at any Marshalls store between October 1 and 15, 2009. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and an important time to reach out to the media and bring awareness to the cause.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Pledge

“Become Inspired—you never know when someone will become inspired by your courage to make a difference.”

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I would like to honor the amazing life-saving work being done on behalf of women, teens, children and men who are experiencing violence in their relationships. All across the nation domestic violence advocates, volunteers, friends, families, co-workers, and individuals are extending their hearts and hands to help those in extraordinarily dangerous circumstances from someone who claims to love them. I continue to be inspired by the dedication and commitment to end violence in our communities.

image005I am writing this piece to encourage all of you to find your passion and inspiration! To encourage you to use it to keep making a difference in the world. Many are called to make a difference as I am in my daily work but I had help getting here. Her name is Rochelle and she is my sister. Rochelle has been my inspiration working to end violence against women for the last 25 years. Rochelle (pictured second from the left with sisters Chris, Laurie and myself) has overcome many obstacles, an abusive marriage for eight years, which at its most violent she once felt like taking her own life to get free of the situation. She endured economic poverty which had her working three jobs as a result of her husband’s choice to drag her through an extended legal battle and bankruptcy, all the while being a wonderful mother to a young daughter. She is a self confident, smart, amazing woman who has developed into the most perfect monarch. She went through the metamorphosis from victim to survivor to the whole beautiful woman she was and is meant to be. Her triumph over this tragedy continues to be my inspiration when I am tired or feel weary. My most proud moment was when she spoke of her personal story for the first time at the White House reception upon the 10th Anniversary of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. It took courage to leave her desperate situation then and she has pushed through her own challenges to now be courageous in helping other women in shelters and in her workplace to believe in their dreams and to reach their goals. I continue to be grateful for her being alive today to share her story with others and be my muse. I love you Rochelle, and I, like my other sisters, continue our pledge to end violence against women.

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Sheryl Cates
Chief Executive Officer
National Domestic Violence Hotline

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National Domestic Violence Hotline Commemorates a Landmark 2 Millionth Call

Austin, Texas— October 21, 2008—The National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott  have scheduled joint Austin and San Antonio press conferences today, Tuesday, October 21, to announce and commemorate the answering of the Two Millionth Call by NDVH. The Austin press conference will take place at 10:00 a.m. at NDVH offices and the San Antonio event at 1:50  p.m. at The San Antonio Airport Hilton, 611 NW Loop 410. Sheryl Cates, Chief Executive Officer of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) will join Attorney General Greg Abbott.

“The Hotline has proved to be a critical lifeline to many individuals across the country, positively impacting millions of our fellow citizens and saving countless lives,” stated Cates. “The current challenging economic conditions and resulting impact on organizations like NDVH, makes the strong support of the Attorney General and our friends that much more important and appreciated.”

“Today we observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month by recognizing the National Domestic Violence Hotline’s life-saving efforts,” Attorney General Abbott said. “Thanks to NDVH’s trained victim advocates, domestic violence victims receive crucial safety planning information and crisis intervention that help them leave abusive relationships and rebuild their lives. The Office of the Attorney General and the Texas Council on Family Violence are committed to an ongoing partnership that serves crime victims and works tirelessly to prevent domestic violence.”

Josie, a domestic violence survivor who now answers Hotline calls, reaffirmed the immense value of Hotline services to individuals in crisis when she said, “They’ve lost all hope, and they call the Hotline. Whether it is the first call for help or the last call, they don’t know where else to go.”

The Two Millionth Call milestone was reached by NDVH this month with the 1 Millionth call received in August, 2003. This significant landmark represents two million families that have received help and hope since the Hotline’s inception in 1996 under the Violence against Women Act (VAWA). The Hotline received over 230,000 calls in 2007 with its monthly call volume averaging over 19,500 calls. Calls to NDVH have climbed steadily in 2008 and some months have seen a 10% to 15% increase over the same period the previous year.

Attorney General Abbott has long supported efforts to prevent and eliminate domestic violence and has been an ardent advocate for Texas children and families. The Office of the Attorney General previously collaborated with TCFV and NDVH in launching the Break the Silence-Make the Call, a statewide domestic violence public awareness campaign.

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The National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH), headquartered in Austin, Texas, is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) and provides crisis intervention, information and referral to victims of domestic violence, perpetrators, friends and families. Additional information on the Hotline may be obtained online at www.ndvh.org or by calling 1.800.799.7233.

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Good Idea – Cleveland Homes Go Purple

 purple lightbulb Something worth trying in your town!  “…the center is asking residents to put purple lights on their porches or in windows through the month to promote conversation about the issue and to remember victims… The campaign will end Nov. 7 at a Cleveland Cavaliers game where purple glow sticks will be handed out …”

Domestic Violence Center wants to shine light on problem

by April McClellan-Copeland / Plain Dealer Reporter

omestic violence can hit anyone regardless of race, culture or economic status and is so widespread that experts say one out of four women will be abused in their lifetime, said Linda Dooley Johanek, interim executive director of the Domestic Violence Center in Cleveland. But discussion and awareness about domestic violence aren’t as widespread. “Domestic violence is still behind closed doors,” Johanek said. “We want people to start talking about it. Years ago, no one talked about breast cancer. But look how much people are talking about it now. We want to bring domestic violence more out into the community and let people know that there are services located throughout the county to help them.”

Tuesday kicks off October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the DVC is mounting its first major public awareness campaign called Purple Light Nights, in which the center is asking residents to put purple lights on their porches or in windows through the month to promote conversation about the issue and to remember victims. Purple is the international color symbolic of domestic violence. Full article Return to the Million Voices Campaign Great Actions, Good Ideas Return to Million Voices membership page


Million Voices Campaign members across the country are taking steps to end domestic violence in their communities. Join them at events and become part of a growing community of individuals taking action to end domestic violence in America! To learn more about the campaign, please visit us at ndvh.org/million.