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National Domestic Violence Hotline Awareness

2008 Vital Link Awards

At the end of October, the National Domestic Violence Hotline held its annual Vital Links Awards in New York to honor individuals and organizations which have significantly contributed to building awareness of family violence prevention services. Honorees have courageously spoken out against domestic violence and in support of survivors and their families.

Fox News Channel Fox & Friends Co-Anchor Gretchen Carlson was the Master of Ceremonies for the event.

Sponsors for the event included Platinum sponsors Verizon, FedEx and CTIA The Wireless Foundation, Gold sponsors Liz Claiborne, Red Media Group, and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs with all of its contributing organizations, and Silver sponsors Kaiser Permanente, Lifetime Networks and Burson Marsteller. Other contributors included New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC, GFWC Federation Guild Association, Wilkinson, Brimmer, Katcher, Gap, Inc. and Richard Pizutto Events Management.

Awards and recipients included:

  • Voices for Change Award to S. Epatha Merkerson, who portrays Lieutenant Anita Van Buren of NBC’s award-winning series Law and Order.
  • Vital Link Award to the Verizon Foundation for its generosity and support, on a local and national level of domestic violence education, prevention and victim empowerment programs.
  • Special Tribute for Lifetime Achievement to Linda Fairstein, best-selling author of crime novels, and one of the country’s leading legal experts on crimes of violence, having served for 25 years as the Bureau Chief of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit of the New York County District Attorney’s Office.
  • Special Tribute for Advocacy and Social Change to Victor Rivas Rivers, who speaks out on the effects of domestic violence on behalf of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and is the author of a personal memoir, a Private Family Matter. In his book, Victor writes bravely and honestly about what it is like to grow up in a home dominated by domestic violence. In addition to his national speaking engagements, Victor is a regular in the NBC hit series Life.
  • Media for Change Award to Seventeen Magazine for leading the national conversation about healthy dating and dating abuse, and its support of loveisrespect.org, the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline.
  • Media for Change Award to MySpace for its partnership with loveisrespect, National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline which provided advertising to promote the Helpline to teens.
  • Volunteers for Change to Jacquelyn Pierce and Nannette White of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) which took on Domestic Violence awareness and prevention as it special project for 2006-2008. Under the leadership of then-International President Jacquelyn Pierce and Chair Nannette White, the GFWC contributed more than $15.9 million to domestic violence awareness and prevention projects throughout the United States. To celebrate receipt of the award, 37 members of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs were in attendance. These 37 club members were from 13 states, including Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Washington.
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2008 Vital Link Award

Austin, Texas—November 13, 2008 — At the end of October, the National Domestic Violence Hotline held its annual Vital Links Awards in New York to honor individuals and organizations which have significantly contributed to building awareness of family violence prevention services. Honorees have courageously spoken out against domestic violence and in support of survivors and their families.

Fox News Channel Fox & Friends Co-Anchor Gretchen Carlson was the Master of Ceremonies for the event.

Sponsors for the event included Platinum sponsors Verizon, FedEx and CTIA The Wireless Foundation, Gold sponsors Liz Claiborne, Red Media Group, and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs with all of its contributing organizations, and Silver sponsors Kaiser Permanente, Lifetime Networks and Burson Marsteller.  Other contributors included New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC, GFWC Federation Guild Association, Wilkinson, Brimmer, Katcher, Gap, Inc. and Richard Pizutto Events Management.

Awards and recipients included:

  • Voices for Change Award to S. Epatha Merkerson, who portrays Lieutenant Anita Van Buren of NBC’s award-winning series Law and Order.
  • Vital Link Award to the Verizon Foundation for its generosity and support, on a local and national level of domestic violence education, prevention and victim empowerment programs.
  • Special Tribute for Lifetime Achievement to Linda Fairstein, best-selling author of crime novels, and one of the country’s leading legal experts on crimes of violence, having served for 25 years as the Bureau Chief of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit of the New York County District Attorney’s Office.
  • Special Tribute for Advocacy and Social Change to Victor Rivas Rivers, who speaks out on the effects of domestic violence on behalf of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and is the author of a personal memoir, a Private Family Matter. In his book, Victor writes bravely and honestly about what it is like to grow up in a home dominated by domestic violence.  In addition to his national speaking engagements, Victor is a regular in the NBC hit series Life.
  • Media for Change Award to Seventeen Magazine for leading the national conversation about healthy dating and dating abuse, and  its support of loveisrespect.org, the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline.
  • Media for Change Award to MySpace for its partnership with loveisrespect, National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline which provided advertising to promote the Helpline to teens.
  • Volunteers for Change to Jacquelyn Pierce and Nannette White of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) which took on Domestic Violence awareness and prevention as it special  project for 2006-2008. Under the leadership of then-International President Jacquelyn Pierce and Chair Nannette White, the GFWC contributed more than $15.9 million to domestic violence awareness and prevention projects throughout the United States. To celebrate receipt of the award, 37 members of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs were in attendance. These 37 club members were from 13 states, including Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Washington.
National Domestic Violence Hotline Awareness

New Members Join NDVH National Advisory Board

The NDVH National Advisory Board (NAB) welcomes two new members who are joining the board in October 2008. The NAB consists of prominent national leaders who are committed to raising awareness and the resources necessary to ensure that the Hotline’s lifesaving work continues.

Jacquelyn Pierce
2006­—2008 General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) International President

Under Jacquelyn’s leadership, GFWC members gave over 15.9 million dollars in projects and programs to promote the awareness and prevention of domestic violence. GFWC is a founding and dedicated member of NDVH’s “Million Voices Campaign Against Domestic Violence in America” and instrumental in signing up over 10,000 campaign members.

Trish Rodgriguez
General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC)

Trish is a member of the GFWC national Domestic Violence Committee and plays a pivotal role in managing GFWC’s domestic violence prevention projects and programs conducted by over 100,000 members.  She has been an active leader of innovative programs throughout the state of Delaware.

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Jacquelyn Pierce, International President of The GFWC, Addresses Abuse at Shelter Event

Shelter for Abused Women & Children, Press Release, August 21, 2008.

NAPLES, FL –8/21/08Join Jacquelyn Pierce, 2006-2008 General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) International President, as she shares her experiences in the global effort to end domestic violence during the Shelter for Abused Women & Children’s 2009 Mending Broken Hearts With Hope signature luncheon, taking place at 11AM on Friday, February 27, 2009 at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples, 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road.  

Presented by the Guild of the Shelter for Abused Women & Children, and starting at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 27, 2009, at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, the Shelter luncheon will feature Pierce speaking about the impact domestic violence has on individuals and communities around the globe, the importance of individual action in breaking the cycle of abuse, as well as the Million Voices Campaign

 

A collaborative effort with the National Domestic Violence Hotline and Lifetime Television, the Million Voices Campaign is an effort to secure one million individual pledges to end domestic violence. This campaign joins Pierce’s other advocacy efforts, including lobbying for the Violence Against Women Act, in ensuring her standing as a true leader in ending domestic violence.

 

As a GFWC Junior in her home state of Illinois, Pierce volunteered in nursing homes focusing on elder abuse. As GFWC Illinois State President, this service became her special project which received both state and national recognition. Within the GFWC, she has served her home state with distinction as Club President and rose through the ranks to serve on the National Board of Directors in various positions from the Membership Committee to President-elect and International President.

 

A member of the National Association of Parliamentarians, University of Illinois President’s Council, and the American Seminar Leaders, Pierce holds a BS in Education from Illinois State and a MA in Administration from the University of Illinois. She is listed in “Outstanding Young Women of America;” “Women Leaders of America;” and “The International Directory of Distinguished Leadership.”

 

A nonprofit organization, the Shelter for Abused Women & Children’s  is the state-certified domestic violence center in Collier County, FL, and provides a wide array of innovative program and services to victims and survivors of domestic violence/intimate partner abuse.

 

The 2009 Mending Broken Hearts with Hope Luncheon features an exciting raffle, dynamic silent auction and engaging luncheon. Tickets are $300 per person; $1,000 Patron. Raffle tickets are $35 each or four for $100. Sponsorship opportunities are available. To participate in this event, please call 239-775-3862.

 

Collier County Florida 24-hour crisis hotline: 239-775-1101. For more information on the Shelter for Abused Women & Children, please call 239-775-3862, or visit www.naplesshelter.org

  

The Shelter for Abused Women & Children helps adult and child victims and survivors of domestic violence through safety, intervention and support; educates the public about domestic violence; and advocates for social change against domestic violence. For more information, please contact us at 239-775-3862, or visit us online at: www.naplesshelter.org

 

Media Contacts:

Suzanne Lennon, suzanne@lennonpr.com, 239-434-2880

Mary Ann T. Green, mgreen@naplesshelter.org, 239-775-3862, ext. 211

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2,000 Submissions from Mississippi

We would like to recognize the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Mississippi for their submission of 2,000 Million Voices Campaign registrations.

Their entries helped us reach the 10,000 mile marker.  Thank you for all your efforts. Photo submitted by Ms. Ivous Sisk.  Pictured are the Mississippi General and Juniorette members at Barnes Crossing Mall in Tupelo.  Seated left to right are Virginia Hale, Diane Harrison, Shirley Lucius, (second row) Haley Rutherford and Ivous Sisk.

If you would like to be included in Great Actions, Good Ideas please email millionvoices@ndvh.org with your story or write to ATTN: Million Voices, NDVH, P.O. Box 161810, Austin, TX 78716. Send us a picture if you have one!
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

National Domestic Violence Hotline Awareness

Hotline Launches Million Voices Campaign

In October, NDVH will officially launch the Million Voices Campaign to End Domestic Violence in partnership with the General Federation of Women’s Club (GFWC). The two-year long initiative aims to bring together more than 1 million individuals who hope for a country free from domestic violence and want to create change by engaging their communities through volunteerism and public awareness activities.

“The launch of the Million Voices Campaign will address what has long been missing in domestic violence services prevention: an organized national effort driven by dedicated volunteers raising their voices against domestic violence,” said NDVH CEO Sheryl Cates. “Together we will make history and in so doing, we will raise the standard for domestic violence prevention in America.”

The program will launch with a formal reception at the GFWC headquarters in Washington, D.C. on October 9, 2007.

“As a Founding Member, the GFWC is promoting the Million Voices Campaign among our 145,000 members and will encourage a large scale effort of volunteerism on a community basis,” said Jackie Pierce, president of GFWC and an advocate for domestic violence prevention.

Nannette White, chair of the GFWC Domestic Violence Committee, is working with state chairpersons and regional leaders to enroll GFWC members individually in the campaign and volunteer activities.

NDVH urges individuals and organizations to join this unparalleled effort by visiting www.ndvh.org/million. Members are asked to share their contact information with NDVH and agree that: domestic violence must be stopped in America; they will speak out against domestic violence and tell friends, family and co-workers about the Hotline as a source for help.

The Million Voices Campaign encourages members to educate, inform and raise awareness about domestic violence prevention and services in their communities. Free educational materials and various resources will be provided on the campaign website to help volunteers spread the word. Membership is free, but anyone who wishes to donate to the campaign can do so online.

All members receive an official membership card as well as e-mail news updates and invitations to major campaign events. A major goal of the campaign is to create a sense of community online, where members can share volunteer ideas, strategies to engage local communities and their own personal experiences with domestic violence.

Domestic violence must end in America. The Million Voices Campaign will be the Hotline’s first major initiative to demonstrate that individuals and organizations across the country are committed to seeing that end.