Imagine if one-third of the United States lost electricity for one day. The crisis would be deemed unacceptable. Yet today, a third of the people in our country are unable to fully realize their voice as a result of abuse.
In situations of dating or domestic violence, one of the first things people lose is their voice. Nearly one in three people are affected by abuse – one in four women, and one in seven men. Even more disheartening is that more than 3 million children across the country fall victim to abuse each year. That equates to the voices of around 100 million people across the U.S. being silenced by abuse.
For nearly 20 years, Verizon has been committed to supporting domestic violence prevention, awareness, and victim recovery efforts through its HopeLine from Verizon program, which connects survivors of domestic violence to vital resources, funds organizations nationwide and recycles unusable phones to help protect the environment. Since 2001, the company has collected more than 10.8 million phones, donated more than $21.4 million in cash grants and provided more than 180,000 phones with wireless service to domestic violence organizations nationwide.
Now, Verizon is announcing the next phase of HopeLine. To further this cause and help give a voice to those who need it most, the company has created Because Voices Have Power – a campaign calling upon people from across the country to submit a message of hope to domestic violence victims and survivors. For every message of hope submitted, Verizon will donate $3 toward supporting proven and innovative dating and domestic violence prevention programs produced by the company’s national and local campaign partners.
There are three ways a message of hope can be shared:
- On your favorite social network with the hashtag #VoicesHavePower
- On your phone, text a message of hope to #94079
- On voiceshavepower.com, write or select a previously generated message of hope
Through Because Voices Have Power, everyone can share their unique voice and take part in a national effort to put an end to this issue. Let your voice be known. Together, we can make a difference.