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SOURCE The National Domestic Violence Hotline
AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- One in four women and one in seven men in the United States experience abuse. With domestic violence affecting such a large percentage of Americans, the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) believes everyone has an important perspective to share. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and NDVH is calling for a national discussion on the issue. The non-profit organization operates 24/7 providing lifesaving tools and immediate support for anyone affected by abuse.
There are several ways during the month of October to get involved. NDVH, in partnership with the HopeLine program through Verizon, is encouraging everyone to lead a drive in their community to collect old cell phones and accessories. Phones are refurbished and loaded with critical features for use by domestic violence victims. In addition to the used cell phone drive, anyone affected by domestic violence (DV) is encouraged to participate in the month long "How I See DV" awareness campaign by sharing their views via social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube using #SeeDV. Throughout the campaign, visitors to http://www.thehotline.org/how-i-see-dv/ will find guest entries on the organization's blog page, ideas for joining the conversation to raise awareness about domestic violence and resources for learning more about healthy versus unhealthy relationships.
"Beyond the victims of domestic violence, the ripple effects are immense," said Katie Ray-Jones, president of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. "Every day we hear stories about the impact on children, families, friends, even the workplace. This is a chance for a national discussion on a solvable issue that has claimed too many lives and must be addressed."
NDVH is supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office on Violence Against Women and also relies on the support of individuals, corporations and foundations to provide services.
Katie Ray-Jones, President of the National Domestic Violence Hotline is available for media interviews.
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 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 NDVH.org can find information about domestic violence, safety planning, local resources, and ways to support the organization.
LoveIsRespect is a program of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Highly trained peer advocates offer free phone, text and chat services to teens and young adults around the clock, seven days a week. Young people can find help and information about dating abuse and healthy versus unhealthy relationships through this national resource by texting "loveis" to 22522 or calling 1-866-331-9474 or visiting loveisrespect.org.
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