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Together, we shared an inspiring 141,709 messages of hope through SMS, social media and, here, on this website to victims and survivors of domestic abuse.
Together, we demonstrated that voices do have power.
Because of your voice, and the thousands of other voices across the country, Verizon, through HopeLine, has contributed $300,000 to help domestic violence organizations nationwide further programs dedicated to victims and survivors.
We thank you for participating in our campaign and for your continued support of our HopeLine program. Together we can help put an end to domestic violence.
Lauren and Matt were on and off dating for about one year in high school. Things in their relationship had been going well until Matt became more controlling and wanted to check her Facebook and cell phone to see who she was contacting. Lauren broke up with Matt but he continued to call and text as many as 30 times a day. Lauren would try to remain friendly but also tried ignoring him as much as possible. When Matt noticed that Lauren was not responding he told her he would post an explicit picture of her he had taken while they were dating on Instagram. He also threatened to have her beaten up by friends. Lauren was very scared and did not how to handle the situation. Lauren heard about filing for a civil protection order (CPO) and was referred to Break the Cycle. Through a variety of legal, educational and other support, Lauren feels safer and relieved that Matt no longer contacts her.
Amy never thought he would do it. She lived in a small, loving community, and thought her ex-husband couldn’t hurt her anymore. Instead, late one night, her abusive ex-husband tried to kill her. She managed to escape with only a broken collarbone. The night it happened, she tried to find help, but couldn’t find anyone during the middle of the night. Afraid to tell her family or friends, she reached out to Break the Cycle via social media to find out how she could begin advocating changes in her community. Amy learned how to stay safe after the incident, and how she could contact the police and legal advocates to help her if it happened again.
They found Maria’s cousins’ body in a ditch after she'd been missing a few days – This was right before Maria’s senior year in high school. She never imagined such extreme relationship violence could happen to people her age. But then she did some research and learned that teen moms like her and her classmates are at the highest risk. So she decided to do something about it. She found Break the Cycle online, and reached out. A youth organizer was sent out to her campus and met with Maria, some of her friends and her favorite teacher. Together, this group organized a program to educate the entire school about the issue. Maria changed the culture on her campus. And in doing so, she changed herself.
He’d insult Jaime, control where she went and set rules for what she could wear. Jaime thought it was a phase until one night everything changed. He was furious that she hadn’t responded to one of his texts fast enough. When she tried to explain that she’d been busy, he punched her in the face. She couldn’t justify this behavior. Afraid for her safety, but too embarrassed to talk to her family, she reached out to a friend. Her friend suggested she search online for an organization that could help – that is where Jaime found Break the Cycle. There, she received all the information she needed to go to the court and get a restraining order. With her family’s support, Jaime is now in college, and is coaching her high school’s girls volleyball team. She teaches her players how to be strong on the court and how to stay safe off the court as well.
Kenzie would often question who Mark was with, who he was talking to, and go through his text messages. As a result of this, they would argue all the time, which led to a nasty breakup. Once Kenzie learned of Mark’s new relationship, the phone calls, text messages and emails became increasingly aggressive. Mark became concerned for his and his new girlfriend’s safety. Kenzie began stalking Mark. She tracked down Mark and his girlfriend in a shopping center parking lot, approached his car and opened fire, killing Mark and wounding his girlfriend. Dating abuse can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation. It’s not worth not knowing the warning signs, talking about dating abuse and seeking support. Everyone has the right to a safe and healthy relationship.
Because Voices Have Power was created to show the power of a voice. We're asking you, your friends, and your family to share a message of hope with a victim or survivor of dating or domestic violence.
Every message of hope that is shared and, subsequently, every $3 that is donated will help further proven and innovative dating and domestic violence programs focused on youth, technology, and prevention. To learn more about the programs, and regional and national partners driving these programs, please visit the ‘About’ page.
Because voices have power, share a message of hope today by clicking on “Post Your Message of Hope” above.
For nearly 20 years, Verizon Wireless has been dedicated to this issue -- and this year is no different. We're committed to helping the nearly one in three women and one in seven men and more than 3 million children in the United States affected by dating and domestic violence every year.
We're doing our part to support dating and domestic violence prevention efforts across the country by collecting no-long-used wireless phones and accessories and turing them into support for domestic violence organizations nationwide. Through HopeLine, we've donated hundreds of thousands of phones and awarded millions of dollars in cash grants to our partner agencies.
Wireless phones and technology serve as a vital link for all of us. They're also an especially safe and reliable way for domestic violence victims and survivors to reach emergency or support services in times of crisis and stay connected with employers, family and friends.
Learn more at: HopeLine from Verizon Wireless
Because Voices Have Power was created by the HopeLine program from Verizon to inspire greater awareness and participation in a nationwide effort to end dating and domestic violence.
In situations of dating or domestic violence abuse, the first thing a victim begins to lose is their voice. That is why we believe the power of a voice can play an impactful role in transforming the lives of those affected by dating and domestic violence and furthering the effort to end this issue.
Through Voices Have Power, every one of us can share our unique voice and take part in the national effort to put an end to this issue. For every message of hope submitted by someone such as yourself, we will donate $3 toward supporting proven and innovative dating and domestic violence prevention programs produced by our national and local campaign partners. Here are the ways a message of hope can be shared:
To learn more about the specific initiatives your voice can further, please explore the partners and programs below.
Founded in 1996, Break the Cycle inspires and supports young people to build healthy relationships and create a culture without abuse. Funding form this campaign will expand Break the Cycle's Start Talking program nationwide, encouraging young people everywhere to set healthy boundaries, critically examine the media they consume and bring abuse out from the shadows.
Formed in 1990, the NNEDV provides training and assistance to the statewide and territorial coalitions against domestic violence. It also furthers public awareness of domestic violence and changes beliefs that condone intimate partner violence. Funding from this campaign will support the Safety Net Project, which educates advocates, law enforcement and lawyers working with survivors on how to better aid each survivor.
Since its founding in 1977, the Spring of Tampa Bay, Inc. has been committed to preventing domestic violence, protecting victims and promoting change in the lives, families and communities they serve.
Since 1939, the Boys & Girls Club of El Dorado have provided fun and engaging after school and summer programs to thousands of the community’s most vulnerable youth. We believe all kids deserve a fun, safe place to call their own, programs to inspire, opportunities and expectations, and adults who care.
Women Against Abuse began in 1976 as a part time hotline run from a Women's Center in Germantown. We seek to improve outcomes for survivors of domestic violence and future generations in Philadelphia through strategic advocacy and systems change.
For 142 years, the YWCA has served the Western Massachusetts region. Today, the YWCA provides safe places for women and children in crisis. They offer women counseling, job training, child-care, and health and fitness. The YWCA also offers job training to people ages 16-21 who are out of school. In pursuit of their mission to empower women and eliminate racism, the YWCA strives to create opportunities for women’s growth, power, and leadership to obtain peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people.
The Women's Crisis Center of Maysville, Kentucky exists to lead their community in the social change needed to end domestic violence, rape and sexual abuse. They are committed to empowering victims of rape, domestic violence or sexual abuse to gain self-esteem and self-sufficiency and to move beyond victimhood to become strong survivors.
Since 1994, Laura’s House has offered a multitude of programs and services which provide vital domestic violence prevention support and education. Over the past eighteen years, Laura’s House has provided shelter and support services to more than 3,488 battered women and children and counseling, life skills education and legal assistance to over 40,305 persons.
Project PAVE was established in 1986 in response to a number of violent incidents in the Denver area. Since then, they've been dedicated to empowering youth to end the cycle of relationship violence through producing effective, culturally-relevant Intervention, Prevention Education, and Youth Leadership programs in underserved communities.
Established in 1975, the mission of Sojourner Family Peace Center is to transform lives impacted by domestic violence. Our primary goals are to ensure the safety of victims of family violence and provide a pathway out of violence for victims and abusers through opportunities to make positive and lasting changes for themselves and their children.