This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/HopeLine® from Verizon.
When I was a child
We had cousins that lived with us. I never understood how or why they came to be a permanent part of our family back then, all I knew is that when my parents spoke about it they did so in whispers. I remember how excited I was to have my older cousins there instead of a babysitter when my parents went out, how we went from celebrating Hanukkah to Hanukkah AND Christmas (they had been raised Christian), and how I FINALLY had “sisters” instead of just a brother.
What I didn’t know
What I didn’t know was hidden in the whispers that my parents spoke in front of “the girls” and us. It was how their mother and father had a “volatile” relationship. It wasn’t until I hit adulthood that I realized that all of these were a code for domestic violence.
That in 2015 that families no longer feel the need to WHISPER about Domestic Violence, which is why it is important to me to share that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This is our reminder to talk to our daughters and sons about the signs to look out for, and what to do if they find themselves in a position to alert authorities or get out of a bad situation. Many stay because they can’t afford to leave. Others stay because they fear the worst. While others don’t realize there’s help.
How YOU can help
This month you can visit any Verizon store or go 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. By purchasing a purple accessory from Verizon you can help HopeLine reach its goal of 1 million phone donations by the end of 2015.
Please drop off your no longer used wireless phones, chargers and accessories, from any carrier, at a Verizon store and help support victims and survivors of domestic violence. Think of what a help that phone or charger that’s just sitting in your drawer unused can do for someone in need of help. I’m heading to the Vero Beach location on 20th street with the phones that I had gathered up in my move and bringing them this week.
- Visit a Verizon Wireless store – Verizon Wireless Locatio
- Pick up a purple accessory in-store: ONLINE
- Follow Verizon on: Twitter: @Verizon and Facebook: @Verizon
- See what people are saying about Hopeline by following the hashtag: #HopeLine
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I already donate to domestic violence causes and will continue to speak up and reach out to victims.
F. Mims says
I will donate my phones to support efforts against domestic violence!
Cindy L says
I have already donated to support efforts to help domestic violence victims.
Virginia Saunders says
I contributed to the domestic violence cause already.
Collette Palmer says
I have some chargers for sure to drop off!!!!
Mary Mougeot says
I will give support to women that need it.
Karen Reginella says
These would be great to have.
Aline Boutz says
I help where I can.
Mike Montauk says
I just donated my old phone at verizon. Hope this will help someone
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Brigette McGarrah says
Someone needs to educate state social workers because they blame the victims. Its unbelievable that so called “educated” people believe that victims of domestic violence choose to be victimized to deal with own frustrations. I will choose to help in every way possible.
Frank Walker says
I have already donated to support efforts to help domestic violence victims. I will donate in the future as well.
johnna flores says
the only thrift store I donate to and shop often at in town is a crisis center store
Michelle Boor says
I will help by writing down all the resources around my area so i have it all handy when i talk to someone.
Colleen Schilinski says
I have to admit that I have helped quite a few of my girlfriends leave an abusive boyfriend, and that was not easy. I donate many things to my local Domestic Shelter, and always carry an old handbag with toiletries and snacks to hand out to the needy.
Tina Harris says
I will be gathering up all my old phones and donating them to Verizon.
Barb Carlson says
I will teach my grandchildren that domestic violence is NEVER ok and how to get help if they experience it or see it with their friends.
wayne freitag says
Learn just too get ago with each other.
e michelle says
I always donate my phones! I give clothes for adults and children plus toys to the local womens and family shelter. I teach my son to respect all women. I teach my daughters to respect themselves and that no form of abuse is ok.
linda w. says
I work in a hospital and as part of our admitting paperwork we screen for domestic violence and get them assistance if needed.
abedabun dawn says
I have in the past, donated clothes and toys to a womens shelter but havent in the last 2 years because I have not had anything to donate.
Joyce McDaniel says
I have already donated my phones.
Debbie E Johnson says
I will donate my old cellphones to help victims of domestic violence.
Sandra Watts says
I will teach my sons not to strike out in anger to anyone. I believe more should be done for this cause.
Julie Jamron says
No domestic violence should be tolerated. We need to speak out and help those in need to get away from the situation. That is why I donate to the cause
I will teach my daughters that its never ok to accept verbal or physical abuse from their partner and they should always confide in someone and get help.
I’m glad to know Verizon is helping with donations! HopeLine – National Domestic Violence
I do my best to speak out about putting an end to domestic violence, as well as offer support to local groups fighting this problem.
I’ve donated clothes to women shelters and I pray for these women to get the help they need.
Tina Stenski says
Already donate to the cause.
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Holly Kennedy says
I am a survivor of abuse and advocate for a safe haven for pets, who are the least recognized during abuse and a leading factor in why some don’t seek shelter help. They don’t want to leave there pets.
I will donate old phones and reach out and talk to others about abuse and finding help
Anita Hartsell says
The day after Christmas, “Boxing Day”, is a chance to donate and share with those in need.
Cat C. says
What a great way to support , I will support and give as I can
Angela A Simmons says
I will donate clothes to the battered women’s shelter and donate my old phones and chargers. I was once a victim of domestic violence. What an amazing thing you are doing to help others
Jerrica Evans says
I have and will continue to donate to our women’s crisis center.
TOM HOMRICH says
Steve S says
Who knew?? I have so many old chargers; it’s great that I can help out!
Sally Gearhart says
I donate to a local church here where I live to women in domestic violence situations. They have a safe house for the women to go to immediately but then their goal is to help them get into their own place so they collect items every month, clothes, kitchen items, toys, sheets, ect.. to help with starting over! I find Something to donate every month!
Mary Trott says
I didn’t know about this. I have a lot that I’m willing to donate. This is a great cause!
Me please, my old ones only work on one side…
William Lilley says
Spread the Word
charlotte ping says
also helps with recycling
Richard Martin says
I would help anybody in any way possible that I can, as I have done in the past. Helping somebody find whether it may be Legal,Emotional, Financial or just a friendly ear, to help them in the right direction. There is never an excuse for domestic violence.
Terry F says
I will donate my old cell phones. ABout 10 total
robin s says
I will donate my old cell phones and look for additional ways to lend my support.
Always good to bring awareness!
CHRISTY SWEENEY says
I will make it known that DV is not just physical. Verbal and psychological abuse are just as bad, sometimes worse.
timothy joachim says
DV affected my friend, and I will always be their to support her
Carole Mather says
Domestic Violence effects all races,economic statuses,education levels.It can be both physical and emotional. DV can be just isolation from peers and family. DV can be both male and female
perpetrators.Most of all it can be the people you least expect.
Allison Jennings says
I donate my time and energy
Sahara R says
Great cause and something close to my heart.
kayla hyde says
I will donate a few phones that I have that we no longer will be using
I donate to a local women’s crisis center and continue to educate myself on how to best provide support for domestic violence victims.
Jeanne Roby says
Thanks for the heads up. This is something that is all around us, but we don’t think about.
Tonya Ward says
Being a survivor of domestic violence, I donate, volunteer and educate others on the cycle of abuse, signs, how & where to find help and breaking the pattern. Domestic violence is one of those taboo subjects that people really don’t want to think about. We need to think about it, we need to talk about it and we need to teach our children about it. Thank you so much for your help in raising awareness.
Jan Warner says
I will drop off my old phones, I have a bunch around the house and I would love them to go to a good cause.
spread the word about the hotline
Erica Best says
i will tweet the hotline
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spread awarness on social media
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