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hl_get_involved1In the last couple of days, a horrible topic has transcended sports radio, TV news, social media outlets, and even kitchen tables.  Former Baltimore Raven, and horrible person, Ray Rice, was the star of a sickening video that I’m sure you have all seen.

Ray Rice had it all.  Fame.  Fortune.  Adoration of thousands of NFL fans.  But that didn’t hide the fact that underneath the shiny exterior was a man that has issues controlling his temper, and in an Atlantic City casino he took out some of that anger on his girlfriend a few months back.  Luckily the young woman was not severely injured, but nonetheless, damage was done.

As details started to emerge it highlighted the fact that domestic abuse is still a constant threat in the United States.  The statistics from are eye-opening :

  • 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime.
  • Women experience more than 4 million physical assaults and rapes because of their partners, and men are victims of nearly 3 million physical assaults.
  • Women are more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than men
  • Women ages 20 to 24 are at greatest risk of becoming victims of domestic violence.
  • Every year, 1 in 3 women who is a victim of homicide is murdered by her current or former partner.
  • Every year, more than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes.
  • Children who live in homes where there is domestic violence also suffer abuse or neglect at high rates (30% to 60%).
  • A 2005 Michigan study found that children exposed to domestic violence at home are more likely to have health problems, including becoming sick more often, having frequent headaches or stomachaches, and being more tired and lethargic.
  • A 2003 study found that children are more likely to intervene when they witness severe violence against a parent – which can place a child at great risk for injury or even death.

There are many local, regional and national organizations dedicated to helping victims of domestic abuse including:

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline : 800-799-7233
  • VINE : Database of offenders in custody and notification of release
  • Women’s Law : state-by-state legal info and advise for abuse victims.

And I’m proud to be affiliated with an organization that is doing their part to assist victims of abuse.  The Hopeline from Verizon is a network has been connecting survivors of domestic abuse to vital resources and funding organizations nationwide for many years.  The simple act of donating your unused mobile phones and devices will add to the Hopeline legacy of :

  • 10.8 million phones collected since 2001
  • $21.4 Million+ in grants to domestic violence organizations since 2001
  • 180,000 Hopeline phones donated to victims and survivors since 2001.

Many of you are going to purchasing new phones in the coming weeks now that Apple, Motorola and Samsung have all announced new flagship devices.  By simply dropping your devices off at your local Verizon store or sending it in with a Postage-Paid mailing label you could help a victim or domestic abuse or fund outreach programs across the nation.

So when you get that new iPhone 6 on September 19th, take that old phone you used to record your ice-bucket challenge and do one more noble act.  Donate it to Verizon Hopeline and make a difference.

For more information on HopeLine by Verizon visit the website here.  Also, take a few moments to watch this video regarding UHopeLine to help raise awareness at your school.

Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received the HTC One M8 and other devices with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise a positive review. All opinions are my own.


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