October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and through HopeLine® from Verizon there may be some help for the 1 in 3 women (and more than 3 million children) in the United States who are impacted by domestic violence.
Abuse can come in many forms. Years ago, my husband and I lived in a townhouse complex. On the other side of our bedroom wall was the master bedroom of another unit. We knew that because we could hear it. We could hear him scream at her almost every night, and sometimes at the children. We clearly heard his hatred, his anger, and his violence. While we tried to sleep on one side of the wall, we could hear him on the other side berating her; a woman whose only real mistake was marrying a man who turned out to be a monster.
At first we pounded on the wall to let them know that we could hear them, but he did not seem to care at all. When we saw them outside, he always gave my husband and I both a direct and haunting glare, one that said we should keep our opinions to ourselves, or else. She either did the same, or avoided eye contact with us at all.
We could hear her on the phone during the day while he was at work, wondering aloud how she could survive the torment any longer, and wondering how she would survive if she tried to leave.
It has been many years since we moved away from that townhouse, but I have always wondered what became of that woman and her children. Domestic violence is a serious and all-too-real problem that impacts our friends, family members, coworkers, and neighbors.
The Hopeline from Verizon connects survivors of domestic violence to vital resources. HopeLine provides ways for individuals like you and me to take action against domestic violence by donating no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories in any condition from any service provider. Verizon then donates these wireless phones, complete with voice and text capabilities, to local domestic violence shelters and non-profit organizations and agencies for use by victims and survivors. The phones provide a safe line of communication to family, loved ones and employers.
How you can help:
* HopeLine collects no-longer used wireless phones, batteries,chargers and accessories in any condition from any service provider to benefit victims and survivors of domestic violence. Simply drop off your wireless phones, chargers and accessories, from any carrier, at a Verizon store and help support victims and survivors of domestic violence. To find a Verizon store near you, go to: http://www.verizonwireless.com/stores/.
* Purchase exclusive purple accessories, like a headset, phone or tablet case, and HopeLine from Verizon will donate $1, up to $100,000, to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Get your purple accessories at a Verizon store near you or at http://www.verizonwireless.com/accessories/hopeline/.
* Tell your network about the HopeLine from Verizon campaign. Encourage them to participate, and to seek help from domestic violence if needed. Learn more at http://www.verizon.com/about/hopeline.
* Know how to help. There are tools available at http://www.verizon.com/about/responsibility/hopeline/get-educated. You can also get tips from the National Domestic Violence Hotline at http://www.thehotline.org/help/help-for-friends-and-family/. I so wish I had them all those years ago.
Please help us take action against domestic violence by helping HopeLine from Verizon reach its goal of 1 million phone donations by the end of 2015.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/HopeLine® from Verizon. I am proud to help HopeLine® from Verizon reach the goal of 1 million phones collected.