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Family Service Of The Piedmont Seeks To Eradicate Abuse Through Domestic Violence Intervention Program

Verizon Wireless Contributes $1,000 To Support The Program This Father's Day

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June 13, 2012

Karen Schulz
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GREENSBORO, NC — A Greensboro organization is doing its part to offer treatment for men who have abused their partners. As the largest private nonprofit agency serving families in Guilford County, Family Service of the Piedmont serves thousands of people each year through counseling, victim services, prevention services and counseling.

With a $1,000 donation from Verizon Wireless on Father’s Day, Family Service of the Piedmont is hoping to raise awareness within the community about the help they offer men.

“While there will always be more work to do educating women about the signs of abuse and how to avoid it, we understand that educating men and treating abusers is a crucial part of preventing future violence,” said Jody Susong, marketing and development officer at Family Service of the Piedmont. “The Father’s Day holiday is a good time to remember how essential healthy relationships are for us all, and this grant from Verizon will help us continue to train men to be better fathers and partners.”

The Domestic Violence Intervention Program offers group psycho-educational treatment for men and focuses on training participants in accountability, responsibility and learning non-violent, non-controlling behavior. The one-year program covers a wide spectrum of topics, including sessions on using non-threatening behavior, responsible parenting, economic development and honesty.

“With our HopeLine program, Verizon has a long-standing commitment to partnering with organizations who work to prevent the continuing cycle of domestic abuse,” said Jerry Fountain, president for Verizon Wireless’ Carolinas/Tennessee region. “Family Service of the Piedmont is a vital resource for the Greensboro community, and we’re happy to lend our support.”

To learn more about Family Service of the Piedmont’s Domestic Violence Intervention Program, visit http://www.familyservice-piedmont.org/. For more information on Verizon’s HopeLine program, visit http://verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

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About Family Service of the Piedmont
Family Service of the Piedmont, Inc. is the largest private, nonprofit agency serving children and families in Guilford County, NC. The agency empowers individuals and families in crisis to restore hopeachieve stability and thrive through quality support services, advocacy and education.  On the web at www.safeandhealthyfamilies.com

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