I feel so lucky to be working with Verizon Wireless. Since May I have been part of their Savvy Savers blogging program and this past weekend while in New York City for BlogHer, I had a chance to catch up with them at a luncheon they hosted to me and a room full of other bloggers. Verizon knows how to put on an event and we had a nice lunch followed by a great dessert. The purpose of Verizon meeting with all of us was not to push a new phone or a plan for consumers to buy, but it was a call to action. They presented us all with very compelling information on domestic violence and how they are trying to help. Verizon really does care! To show they care they work with the Joyful Heart Foundation. Do you have old phones that are not getting used? Send them to Verizon so that they can help survivors of domestic violence! Use the link below to find out how to donate your old phone and to get a prepaid shipping label.
Verizon brought to us the Joyful Heart Foundation, below is their information and statistics on the issue of domestic violence.
About the Joyful Heart Foundation
Actress and advocate Mariska Hargitay (@Mariska) founded the Joyful Heart Foundation (@TheJHF) in 2004 with the intention of helping survivors heal and reclaim their lives. Today, Joyful Heart’s mission is to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues.
The vision of the Joyful Heart Foundation is a community that:
- is empowered with knowledge, courage and compassion to help survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse heal in mind, body and spirit;
- values and dedicates resources to individuals and families that have been impacted by these issues; and
- seeks to ignite and foster an open dialogue about how to collaboratively end the cycle of violence and abuse.
Connecting to the Joyful Heart Foundation
For more information about Joyful Heart, please visit our website: www.joyfulheartfoundation.org.
Twitter: www.twitter.com/TheJHF (@TheJHF)
Facts About Our Issues
- 1 in 4 women experience violence from their partners in their lifetimes.
- 1 in 3 teens experience sexual or physical abuse or threats from a boyfriend or girlfriend in one year.
- 1 in 6 women are survivors of sexual assault and 1 in 5 men have experienced some form of sexual victimization in their lives.
- 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men were sexually abused before the age of 18.
- On average, more than 3 women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the United States. There are over 2 million injuries from intimate partner violence each year.
- In addition to the physical injury and trauma of abuse, victims are more likely to suffer from depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol and drug abuse and suicidal behaviors.
How You Can Help
To find out how to donate a phone and help us spread the word on domestic violence prevention, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline
Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Midwest Savvy Savers program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.