October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Did you know that 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime? Men are victims of Domestic Violence too. There are 3 million men in the US that are victims of physical assault. I was a victim of domestic violence. My ex-husband was very abusive to me. He was very cruel. He brainwashed me in to thinking I was totally worthless and how no one would ever love me. I spent most of our marriage in fear of him. I didn’t tell anyone about what was going on. I was too scared. He wouldn’t work, and I remember being asked by an old boss if I was a victim of domestic violence. I said no, and I lied. I couldn’t even ask my ex-husband what he wanted for dinner without being cussed out. I remember coming home from the grocery store and giving him different choices of Alfredo choices. I didn’t even like it, but he did. He said what about shut the beep up Alfredo. Most of the time it was verbal and emotional but it was also physical. Domestic Violence can also be verbal or emotional. No one deserves to live in a situation where you are treated so poorly. No one should have to live in fear for their safety or their families’ safety. More than three million children witness domestic violence in their home each year. It is really hard to know what to do in this situation. It’s normal to feel guilty or ashamed about it. You may not know what to do and how to survive after leaving. There is definitely help out there.
There are many ways to get help.There are more than 20,000 calls to Domestic Violence Hotlines nationally on a typical day.
If you want to help victims of domestic violence, check out HopeLine® from Verizon.
- Domestic violence is a national problem that impacts our communities, neighbors, coworkers, friends and family members.
- HopeLine provides financial support to non-profit domestic violence organizations and agencies that are committed to connecting victims and survivors to vital resources.
- Verizon has a longstanding commitment to domestic violence awareness and prevention, which has been a philanthropic focus since 2001 through the HopeLine program.
- HopeLine collects used wireless phones, chargers and accessories, and turns them into support for domestic violence awareness and prevention organizations.
- Verizon also donates wireless phones through the HopeLine program, complete with minutes and text messaging, to domestic violence shelters and non-profit organizations for use by victims and survivors.
- HopeLine phones serve as a vital link for survivors and help keep a private line of communication to family, friends and employers.
- Through the HopeLine program, Verizon has donated millions of dollars, thousands of phones and numerous resources to the domestic violence prevention and awareness movement.
- For more information, visit verizon.com/about/hopeline.
Here’s two ways you can help:
Buy a Purple Accessory from Verizon – Support victims and survivors of domestic violence by going purple, the color of Domestic Violence Awareness. This October, in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, visit any Verizon store or shop online to purchase exclusive purple accessories, like a headset, phone or tablet case, and HopeLine® from Verizon will donate $1, up to $100,000, to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
Donate A Phone - Take action against domestic violence by helping HopeLine reach its goal of 1
million phone donations by the end of 2015. Simply drop off your wireless phones, chargers and accessories, from any carrier, at a Verizon store and help support victims and survivors of domestic violence. When you upgrade your phone consider donating to HopeLine instead of putting it in a drawer. It could save someone’s life.
To date, the HopeLine program has:
- Collected more than 11.4 million phones
- Donated more than 190,000 phones
I was able to muster up the courage to kick my ex-husband out when he told me that he prayed for the baby I miscarried to die. Not everyone is lucky enough to get out. Thankfully, I have a wonderful support system. We really need to keep them safe. With your support, you are really making a difference.
Find a Verizon Wireless Store near you to donate. Remember that it can be any carrier and any phone.
I have a giveaway for you!
One lucky reader will win an LG Tone Pro™ Wireless Stereo Headset, valued at $69.99.
How to enter: Tell me how domestic violence has impacted your life.
This giveaway will end Thursday November 5, 2015 at 11:59 pm ET.
This giveaway is open to US Residents only.
This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/HopeLine from Verizon.