President of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and National Dating Abuse Helpline applauds reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act


President of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and National Dating Abuse Helpline applauds reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act

February 28, 2013 – President of the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) and the National Dating Abuse Helpline (NDAH), Katie Ray-Jones issued the following statement today regarding the passage of the Violence Against Women Act:

“We applaud members of Congress for coming together to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. This legislation that extends protections to all victims no matter their race, legal status or sexual orientation sends an important message that no victim should be excluded from receiving critical resources that will help them live a life free of abuse.”

If you would like to interview a spokesperson about domestic violence, please contact Liz Bradford at 512.685.6298 or [email protected]

About The National Domestic Violence Hotline
Operating around the clock, seven days a week, 24/7, confidential and free of cost, the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse. Callers to the emergency hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) can expect highly trained experienced advocates to offer compassionate support, crisis intervention information and referral services in more than 170+ languages. Visitors to can find information about domestic violence, safety planning, local resources, and ways to support the organization. The NDVH is part of the largest nationwide network of programs and expert resources and regularly shares insight about domestic violence with government officials, law enforcement agencies, media and the general public. The NDVH is a non-profit organization established in 1996 as a component of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). It relies on the generous support of individuals, private gifts from corporations and foundations and federal grants. For more information, visit or call 512.794.1133.

About the National Dating Abuse Helpline
The National Dating Abuse Helpline is the direct service provider behind, operating the 24/7 phone, text and chat services. The Helpline, originally known as “, National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline,” was launched in February 2007 with help from founding sponsor, Liz Claiborne Inc. It is a national, 24-hour resource specifically designed for teens and young adults. Accessible by phone or internet, the National Dating Abuse Helpline operates from a call center in Austin, Texas. The Helpline offers real-time, one-on-one support from peer advocates. We train these young leaders to offer support, information and advocacy to those involved in dating abuse relationships as well as concerned friends, parents, teachers, clergy, law enforcement and service providers.

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  1. My name is Libby, I wrote a book about my life and my sister’s life. My sister’s life ended at the age of 40, but it was because of a mental illness her husband had his entire life. He was bi-polar, they were married for 25 years, before he stabbed her 40 times with a hunting knife. We both suffered from the fear of attempted incest from our dad, he never succeeded but the fear was always there. We never wanted to be alone with him even as adults. Our mother dismissed each issue, she never ran him off. We always felt she loved him more than she loved her children. In my first marriage, the jealousy was horrific, with no reason. I saw the signs when we were dating, but I was only 16 to 17 years old and I had never had a boyfriend. I was elated at the attention. At the time I thought the jealousy was sweet. I was so niave. I also was aware of the control issues he used to maintain absolute control over me. I married this man thinking he would change with time, I was so mistaken. The controlling issues became much worse once I said I DO. I was his property, and it only escaleted. The name of my book is Two Sisters by Arial Green. I used a pen name to protect the peoples identities in the book. It was only published about 8 weeks ago.

    1. Libby,

      I am very sorry to hear about the tragedy of what happened to your sister. It sounds like you both have dealt with many abusive moments throughout your lives. Many victims of abuse hold the same thought, that their abuser will change and, as you know first hand, that rarely happens.

      What a wonderful way for you to heal by sharing your (and your sister’s) story with others. Thank you for sharing that information, and your words, with our blog community.


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