May 21, 2010 | Healthcare
Powerful PBS Documentary about Domestic Violence Premieres
The Penn State Public Broadcasting System created the program, which chronicles the days and years leading up to the death of Amy Homan McGee, a mother of two and Verizon Wireless employee, who was shot and killed by her husband in November 2001.
A new national PBS documentary aimed at raising awareness of domestic violence premiered at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., on May 18, before an audience of domestic violence prevention advocates. Based on a powerful true story, "Telling Amy's Story" was funded by a grant from the Verizon Foundation.
In 2007, Penn State launched a domestic violence prevention program that included a video, based on McGee's story. Overwhelming feedback from participants stimulated the development of the documentary.
"Domestic violence is an issue that affects people in every community throughout the country," said Mariska Hargitay, "Law and Order" actress and domestic violence prevention advocate. Hargitay founded the Joyful Heart Foundation, which helps heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. "Our hope is that this film will be used to ignite a dialogue across the country and ultimately save lives."
Sue Else, president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence spoke at the premier. "This compelling documentary pays tribute to Amy's memory and to more than one thousand women who are killed by their intimate partners each year in the United States. We are ever grateful for the Verizon Foundation and Penn State's continued commitment to end violence against women."
In the past three years, the Verizon Foundation has awarded more than $15 million to nonprofit organizations that assist domestic violence survivors. "The Verizon Foundation is committed to supporting effective efforts, such as the Penn State prevention program and others that raise awareness of domestic violence and aid in its prevention," said Verizon Foundation President Patrick Gaston.
PBS stations throughout the country will begin airing the documentary on Tuesday, June 1. A complete listing of local stations and times is available at http://telling.pseduu./.
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