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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

DVAM Challenge 11: The Journey of Hope

In honor of DVAM, we have teamed up with Verizon for the Journey of Hope. The Journey of Hope is a cross-country bus tour which will help raise awareness of domestic violence and provide resources to those affected by it.

“We are honored to be a part of Verizon’s campaign to help end domestic violence and pleased to partner with a corporation that inspires their employees and community members to get involved in this important social issue,” said our own Katie Ray-Jones, president of The Hotline and The National Dating Abuse Helpline, who will be travelling with the bus for several stops. “Verizon is a key supporter in our mission to prevent this silent epidemic, and we look forward to seeing the communities’ response to our efforts.”

The Journey of Hope kicked off its trip on Oct. 3 in Basking Ridge, N.J. at Verizon’s headquarters with a Walk for Hope event. More than 500 employees joined together to support domestic violence victims and survivors (Verizon pledged to donate $100 to The Hotline for every staff member that attended) and teen recording artist Jasmine Villegas was on hand to offer entertainment to participants.

Throughout the tour, members of the travelling group, including Katie, will speak with people affected by domestic violence and those working to end domestic violence in our communities. Everyone is invited to visit the bus, which will stop in six cities, to share their stories of support, survival, hope and perseverance.

People who visit the bus will also have the opportunity to donate used cell phones to Verizon’s HopeLine project (which we highlighted in DVAM challenge 10). Phones collected through the HopeLine recycling drives are either refurbished and sold or recycled, and the proceeds are donated to organizations that work against domestic violence in the form of cash grants and prepaid Verizon Wireless phones for survivors.

Since the launch of HopeLine in 2001, Verizon has awarded more than $14.2 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies around the country, and nearly 123,000 phones have been handed out to those affected by domestic violence.

At The Hotline, we want to thank Verizon for their longstanding commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of those affected by domestic violence.

DVAM Challenge 11:

Raise awareness and show your support for those affected by domestic violence by wearing a purple piece of clothing. When people ask you about your outfit, tell them about domestic violence and DVAM. And don’t forget to send us a picture of your purple clothes — email us at submissions@ndah.org.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

DVAM Challenge 10: Take a Stand

Our DVAM Challenge is just part of a nationwide effort to unite efforts in ending domestic violence. This week’s theme is “Take a Stand!” To inspire you to make a commitment to ending violence, here are some ideas from organizations, companies and communities participating in DVAM.

Purple Light Night
The Covington Domestic Violence Task Force in Washington encourages residents in their county to exchange the white light bulbs on their front porches for purple bulbs during the month of October. This campaign, called Purple Light Nights, aims to have all residents shine purple light to show that domestic violence has no place in their community. This campaign started locally but soon spread to a global campaign in 23 states, Canada, and Guam. Purple light bulbs are available at most home stores and cost only around $5, so participating in a Purple Light Night is an impactful but inexpensive way to raise awareness of domestic violence.

Flowers on the Lake
Calcasieu Women’s Shelter in Lake Charles, La. hosts an event every October to honor those who have lost their lives to domestic violence. Attendees place flowers into the lake in memory of their loved ones, sing songs and read meaningful poems. Getting together with people you know to memorialize victims of domestic violence is a beautiful way to honor DVAM.

Donate Your Used Cell Phone
Verizon Wireless has shown a longtime commitment to ending domestic violence. In tomorrow’s post, we’ll be highlighting their special bus tour, Journey of Hope. One program you could get involved with is HopeLine by Verizon. This program takes donated cell phones, refurbishes them and then gives them to domestic violence survivors to help them rebuild their lives. Wireless phones can serve as a vital link to emergency and support services and as a reliable connection to employers, family and friends. Phones from all carriers are accepted by HopeLine, so visit the Verizon website to find out how to donate your old device when you decide to upgrade.

Share Information with your Community
Several Texas high schools have partnered with their local sheriff’s department to spread awareness during DVAM. During games, football teams will wear purple stickers on their helmets to support healthy relationships. Games will also feature announcements about domestic violence and information will be passed out to spectators during the game. You too can make a difference by wearing purple. Pin a small ribbon to your shirt and when people ask what it’s for tell them about domestic violence and DVAM.

Decorate Your Home with Purple
Liberty House, a domestic violence program in Georgia, encourages their townspeople to decorate their businesses, doors and mailboxes with purple ribbons to raise awareness. Decorate your house with purple and encourage your neighbors to do the same by sharing domestic violence information with them.

DVAM Challenge 10: for today’s challenge, introduce a purple item to your home or office. We encourage you to pick up a purple lightbulb, tie a purple ribbon to your door or print a purple sign for your space. Please share with us how you are incorporating purple to your space. When someone asks you about the item, be sure to inform them that it is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If you’d like, you can email a picture to us at submissions@ndah.org.

(Preview for tomorrow’s challenge: wear purple! Plan your outfit accordingly)