On January 4, The Hotline was honored with a visit from sportscaster James Brown, host of CBS Network’s “The NFL Today” and representatives of The Verizon Foundation is support of his A Man Can campaign.
“Domestic violence is an epidemic in all of our communities,” Brown said. “That deepened my personal commitment and desire to help end domestic violence. It’s my hope that millions of men join me in this campaign.”
Through this campaign, Brown is promoting respect and equality – respect for yourself and in your relationships — and he’s asking men to be informed and be appropriately proactive when they witness disrespectful or abusive behavior.
“I’m here to encourage men and help them understand that they can have a very meaningful impact, much more easily than they think,” Brown said. “Don’t laugh at that inappropriate joke. Second, don’t condone domestic violence with your silence. If you know someone who is abusive – physically, verbally, emotionally or financially – you as men can play a positive role, just like the coach of a team, and be helpful in changing behavior. This campaign will build awareness around the issues of domestic violence prevention and the resources available for helping those experiencing domestic violence and those who perpetrate it.”
Rose Stuckey Kirk, president of the Verizon Foundation, said: “Domestic violence knows no boundaries. It affects men and women, every race, every culture and all socioeconomic levels. That’s why a very important part of this campaign is educating men and women on how to help someone in need. That means referring people in need – men and women who are experiencing domestic violence – to resources that can help them live a violence-free life. Verizon welcomes this partnership with James Brown, whose leadership and commitment have helped elevate domestic violence prevention in our national dialogue.”
During the visit, a film crew documented Brown’s tour including conversations with Hotline President Katie Ray-Jones, listening on Hotline crisis calls, a discussion group, and a one-on-one meetings with a survivor to further educate himself on the issues of domestic violence. The final video of documenting Brown’s Experience is available below and on YouTube.