Verizon Foundation Fourth Annual Domestic Violence Prevention Summit

Verizon Foundation Fourth Annual Domestic Violence Prevention Summit

Although one in every four women in this country may experience domestic violence, according to a study by the U.S. Department of Justice, this problem is much more than a woman's issue.

At the Verizon Foundation's fourth annual Domestic Violence Summit, on Sept. 24 in Irving, Texas, national leaders and local advocates delivered the message that in order to break the cycle of domestic violence, men must speak out against the problem and become advocates for change.

Joe Ehrmann, former pro football player and founder of Coach for America, participated at the summit. He said that in order to stop domestic violence "you need to redefine masculinity in this country. We've got a false concept that is creating chaos in America."

The summit was entitled, "Engaging Communities to Help End Domestic Violence." Keynote speaker Dr. Ron Anderson, president and CEO of Parkland Health & Hospital System, discussed Parkland's Victim Intervention Center, where domestic violence victims and family members come for privacy, medical treatment, counseling and other services. Anderson said community organizations, law enforcement and advocates must work together in efforts like this to decrease domestic violence and improve services.

For more than a decade, the Verizon Foundation has supported programs that increase awareness of domestic violence, enhance prevention through education and incorporate online resources for broad outreach to diverse populations.

"Domestic violence is an issue that impacts every segment of society, and we know that change can only come by breaking the cycle of violence," said Verizon Foundation President Patrick Gaston. "We are proud to work with many wonderful organizations throughout the country to aid in the prevention of domestic violence and provide support to those in need."

At the summit, Verizon Wireless kicked off its North Texas HopeLineR drive to collect used wireless phones and accessories to assist local advocacy agencies working to end the cycle of abuse. Verizon Wireless sponsors the program in communities throughout the country. People can drop off phone donations at Verizon Wireless stores or use a postage-paid label available on the company's website.

Highlights from the 2009 Domestic Violence Summit

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