More than one in four women, one in seven men and three million children are affected by domestic violence in America each year. Despite its prevalence, victims often suffer in silence, shame and isolation.
On Thursday, Feb. 21, approximately 300 leaders from domestic violence prevention organizations across the country will gather to explore current issues and highlight positive and healing solutions. A Day to Connect, Inspire and Heal, a summit hosted by Verizon, is intended to spark a national conversation about domestic violence and to drive solutions to this societal issue.
Topics include connecting with the healthcare community, exploring the role of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), engaging men and boys as part of the solution, discussing ways teens can prevent youth dating violence and using social media and mobile technologies to educate the public and help those in need.
The Summit will be streamed live from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST on Verizon Insider. Viewers can participate in the conversations by submitting questions to expert panelists and moderators, who include prominent journalists such as Dr. Richard Besser, chief health and medical examiner of ABC News, sportscaster James Brown, and Christi Paul, CNN anchor.
“Our goal is to shine a light on a topic that has for too long existed in the shadows,” says Torod Neptune, vice president of Corporate Communications for Verizon Wireless. “By the end of the day, it will become clear that everyone can –and must -- take action to help end domestic violence.”
Viewers can also become active by donating their old wireless phones and accessories to HopeLine from Verizon, a program that helps connect domestic violence survivors to vital resources and funds domestic violence prevention organizations. Through HopeLine, the company recycles and furbishes no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories and provides wireless phones with minutes and text-messaging service to domestic violence survivors.
Join the conversation and become part of the solution.