INDIANAPOLIS, IN — To show the destructiveness of domestic violence and to encourage victims to find help, the Domestic Violence Network of Greater Indianapolis, the Verizon Foundation and Verizon Wireless are sponsoring a dramatic, two-minute film to be shown in seven theaters in Indianapolis, beginning Friday, January 26, and running through Thursday, February 22.
The public service announcement, which is expected to be seen by 157,000 people in the greater Indianapolis area, depicts the lives of four couples and that of one elderly woman. The dramatic scenes show many aspects of domestic violence-physical, emotional, financial and psychological. The announcement, which ends on an uplifting note, suggests ways for viewers to locally get help by calling 2-1-1 or 317-926-4357.
The project was funded through a $30,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation and a $10,000 donation from Verizon Wireless. Domestic violence awareness and prevention is a primary philanthropic focus for both organizations.
"We are fully committed to combating domestic violence wherever it exists, and we look for opportunities to support grassroots initiatives that directly benefit survivors and victims as well as to educate the community at large about the issue," said Greg Haller, president Indiana/Kentucky/Michigan Region, Verizon Wireless. "This movie trailer suggests ways to get help-either for the viewers themselves or for someone they know who may be experiencing abuse. It also effectively demonstrates that domestic violence is not limited to a specific race, ethnicity or age, or to a set of economic or geographic boundaries."
According to the Family Violence Prevention Fund, worldwide at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. In the state of Indiana from July 1, 2005, to June 30, 2006, 79 people died as a result of domestic abuse, according to the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Resource Center. During that same period, 5,018 adults and 4,199 children were served by an emergency shelter as a result of domestic violence.
"Clearly, domestic violence is prevalent in our community," said Jessica White, interim executive director for the Domestic Violence Network of Greater Indianapolis. "These victims are our family members, friends, neighbors and colleagues. To effectively fight this issue, we need the support of the entire community-businesses, individuals, government and nonprofit organizations. We are grateful to the Verizon Foundation and Verizon Wireless for support that enables us to educate the community, raise awareness and ultimately direct victims toward assistance."
The Domestic Violence Network of Greater Indianapolis and Verizon Wireless introduced this movie trailer public service campaign to movie-goers in Indianapolis in December 2005. Indiana is the third state in which this educational campaign is presented. Verizon Wireless supported the endeavor in Wisconsin in 2002 and Iowa in 2003. The following theaters will feature the PSA:
- Showplace Cinema 2, 1910 Morton Ave.
- Mounds Mall 10, 2109 S. Scatterfield Road
- Showplace 12 (Glendale Mall), 6102 North Rural Road
- Showplace 16, 4325 South Meridian St.
- Applewood 8, 1704 East 60th St.
- Showplace 12, 5920 W. 86th St. Washington Square
- Showplace 12, 10280 E Washington St.
About The Verizon Foundation
The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, is committed to improving literacy and K-12 education; fostering awareness and prevention of domestic violence; and promoting the use of technology in health-care delivery. In 2006, the foundation awarded more than $69 million in grants to nonprofit agencies in the United States and abroad. The foundation also matched charitable donations from Verizon employees and retirees, resulting in $29 million in combined contributions. Under the foundation's Verizon Volunteer initiative, one of the nation's largest employee-volunteer programs, company employees and retirees have also contributed nearly 3 million hours of community service since Verizon's inception in 2000.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 57 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 60,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About Domestic Violence Network of Greater Indianapolis
The Domestic Violence Network of Greater Indianapolis is a partnership committed to finding creative solutions that prevent and respond to domestic abuse.