October marks a time to recognize an important cause – domestic violence prevention. Domestic violence is not only a personal matter, it’s also an issue in the workplace. Victims in the United States lose nearly 8 million days of paid work a year due to domestic violence, making this a concern for employers nationwide.
Last week, Verizon employees engaged in a conversation on domestic violence in their workplace, creating a company-wide awareness campaign to kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Employees participated in a “Walk for Hope”, held at Verizon headquarters in Basking Ridge, N.J., which brought together more than 500 employees looking to show support for victims and survivors.
Inspiring messages were pinned to a “Wall of Hope” and stuffed animals donated to the Jersey Battered Women Services, as well as wireless phones and chargers to HopeLine from Verizon, the company’s national cell phone recycling program that supports domestic violence victims and survivors. Teen recording artist Jasmine Villegas made an appearance at the Walk, speaking about her past experiences with dating violence.
This event launched Verizon’s Journey of Hope, a month-long cross-country bus tour aimed to support DVAM and spread awareness in local communities. The bus will stop in six cities this month, hosting public rallies to engage citizens in an open conversation on domestic violence.