With Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) coming to a close this week, people looking to show support can still turn to their mobile devices to make a change and get involved.
One of the many ways to take action against domestic violence is to download the HopeLine app, now available on iOS6 and Android operating systems. For those interested in donating their no-longer-used wireless devices or accessories, the app provides navigation tools to locate HopeLine donation boxes.
The app also offers step-by-step instructions to host a phone drive to engage others in the community. An online forum brings together survivors to share their inspirational stories, and volunteers looking to talk about outreach efforts through photos and videos. And, to assist in a crisis situation, a call button is included to connect with the National Domestic Violence Hotline (The Hotline) for emergency intervention and information.
There are other interactive ways to take a stand over the next few days. Verizon Wireless customers can text-to-donate by texting “HOTLINE” to 85944 to make a one-time $10 donation to The Hotline. Text messaging fees will be waived and 100 percent of each donation will go to the organization. Fans of the Verizon Wireless Facebook page can take part in a photo contest and submit photos demonstrating “hope”, taken from their devices for a chance to be featured on the home page. For each photo entered in the contest, Verizon will donate $1, up to $10,000, to the National Dating Abuse Helpline, a national 24-hour resource designed for teens and young adults suffering from dating abuse and looking for real-time support from peer advocates.
It’s easy to get involved to help end domestic violence.