Domestic violence impacts families in every community across the nation, but it’s a topic that’s often avoided or ignored. The University of Alaska-Anchorage recently shined a light on the issue by hosting a viewing and discussion on the documentary, “Telling Amy’s Story.”
The documentary chronicles the time leading up to the death of Amy, a mother of two who was shot and killed by her husband.
The state’s largest university presented Telling Amy’s Story as part of Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Awareness Month on campus. The film ignited discussion as Verizon representatives joined academic and community experts.
The issue of domestic violence has received increased attention in Alaska with the creation of the “Choose Respect” program, which focuses on prosecution, healing and prevention of domestic violence. Alaska is also one of only a few states with a special domestic violence response coordinator.
In the past five years, the Verizon Foundation has awarded more than $10 million to nonprofit organizations that assist domestic violence survivors throughout the United States. Through HopeLine® from Verizon, more than 9 million no-longer-used wireless phones have been collected and recycled or refurbished to support domestic violence survivors, generating more than $14.2 million in cash grants that has been given to local agencies since 2001.