CAEPV Member Domestic Violence Awareness Month Activities 2003
Presidential Proclamation of October 2003 as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.


September 23 — CAEPV Advisory Board Member Ray Greenwood presents at Faith & Families: Building Partnerships to End Abuse in Charlottesville, Virginia. Presented by Virginia's Office of the Attorney General.

September 25 — CAEPV presents Business At Its Best: Employers Respond to Domestic Violence in Chicago. Co-sponsors include CAEPV Member Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, the City of Chicago Mayor's Office on Domestic Violence, the Family Violence Prevention Fund, the U.S Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, and CAEPV Member Verizon Wireless.

October 1 — Kim Wells presents at Domestic Violence and its Effects on the Workplace: A Corporate Summit hosted by the Women's Fund of Miami-Dade County.


October 8 — At a White House ceremony on October 8, 2003, President Bush announced a new partnership between the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence and Business Strengthening America. This partnership is in conjunction with the Department of Labor and the Department of Justice, to build awareness of the problems brought on by domestic and workplace violence, and to disseminate information on how businesses can encourage their employees and consumers to volunteer to reduce the incidences of workplace and domestic violence in their local communities. In announcing the partnership, President Bush said, "I want to thank the responsible corporate leaders in America for hearing the call that in a responsible society you've got to behave responsibly yourself, and encourage others to follow their heart." To read the President's complete comments, visit www.caepv.org/membercenter/library/docDetail.asp?doc_id=201&cat_id=2.

The President also announced the new Stop Family Violence stamp. Proceeds from the sale of the stamp will go to projects designed to prevent and reduce the effects of family violence on children. To purchase the stamp, visit the US Postal Service web site at www.shop.usps.com.

October 16 — Kim Wells is featured presenter at web-assisted workshop on domestic violence and the workplace for the Equal Employment Advisory Council (Washington, DC). NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR JANUARY, 2004.

October 16 through October 29 — CAEPV Member Mid-Central Community Action's Countering Domestic violence Program focuses on October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month with candlelight vigils and community-wide displays of the Silent Witness National Initiative.

October 19 through October 25 — Organized by the YWCA of the USA, the YWCA Week Without Violence encourages domestic violence awareness and violence prevention activities including tree plantings, candlelight vigils and community forums. Each day of the public education campaign addresses a different form of violence: Monday, October 20 is Protecting Our Children," and Wednesday, October 22 is "Confronting Violence Against Women." You can find the YWCA Week Without Violence organizer's kit and other resources and tools by visiting http://www.ywca.org.


October 21 — Kim Wells presents program on domestic violence and the workplace at Northern Trust in Chicago.

October 24 — Kim Wells presents at the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati CEO Breakfast and Domestic Violence Challenges the Workplace conference in Cincinnati.

October 26 — CAEPV Members Verizon Wireless, American Express, and Altria sponsor the 2003 DV Walk/Run in Battery Park, New York City. The DV Walk/Run commemorates Domestic Violence Awareness Month by offering hope to those living with abuse, by celebrating the courage of survivors, by mourning the loss of those who have died at the hands of their abusers - and finally, by affirming the dedication of those who work to end domestic violence in our communities.


October 30 — Kim Wells presents at the Domestic Violence in the Workplace Summit hosted by the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

October 30 — Anne Crews of Mary Kay Inc. will keynote a workplace violence seminar hosted by Entergy and Family Services of Southeast Texas. The seminar will include learning the red flags of anger and how to manage it with those you supervise or employ, where to get help and developing safety plans. Break-out sessions will include workplace solutions and abusers and victims. For more information call 833-2668 ext. 115 or 117. Registration deadline is 12 p.m. Friday Oct. 24.

November 6 — The Domestic Violence Network of Greater Indianapolis hosts its 4th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Conference in Indianapolis. To learn more, visit http://www.dvngi.org/index.asp?p=28.


November 17 — Texas Health Resources (THR) and the Dallas Human Resources Management Association host a program on domestic violence and , the workplace. CAEPV Executive Director Kim Wells will present best practices for implementing a workplace program, and Cheri Lee of Texas Health Resources will discuss the real life application of these practices at THR.

November 2003 — Jane Randel of Liz Claiborne and co-author Kim Wells' article "Corporate Approaches to Reducing Intimate Partner Violence through Workplace Initiatives" appears in the journal, Clinics in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, for a special issue on workplace violence. CAEPV Advisory Board Member Gene Rugala also contributed an article to this special topic journal.

Alternatives Incorporated — CAEPV Friend Alternatives Incorporated celebrates its 25th Anniversary on November 6, 2003. Alternatives provides domestic violence services, including emergency shelter, for victims in Central Indiana. Keynoting the Anniversary Celebration will be Angela Cain, Director of Community Affairs for WTHR - Indianapolis. Ms. Cain recently spearheaded WTHR's 90-day domestic violence awareness campaign, Shattering the Silence, in partnership with CAEPV Member Domestic Violence Network of Greater Indianapolis. As a result of the campaign's message, calls to the statewide hotline increased 65%. At the event, Alternatives will announce their plans to launch a capital campaign to replace their aging and overcrowded shelter facility.


Liz Claiborne Inc. — Liz Claiborne has organized a fundraising t-shirt sale. The company plans to donate profits from the sale of limited edition t-shirts to its national domestic violence charity partners. The t-shirts, which have the message "love is not abuse," will be available for purchase for $12 through the web site, http://www.ivillage.com, or by calling 1-800-499-STOP. For more information, contact Sharon Isenberg via phone: 212-626-3382, or via email: Sharon_isenberg@liz.com.

Liz Claiborne is also sponsoring the No More Tour, along with Marie Claire Magazine. The multi-city tour is designed to raise awareness about violence against women. The tour features events at local universities, including a film festival showcasing the winning films from the Stop the Violence short film contest. The tour has stops in Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Los Angeles, California; New York, New York; and Washington, DC. For more information, contact Sharon Isenberg via phone: 212-626-3382, or via email: Sharon_isenberg@liz.com.

Mary Kay, Inc. — Award winning documentary Breaking The Silence: Journeys of Hope, funded by Mary Kay Inc. and the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation, will air on PBS stations across the country this October. (Check to see if Breaking The Silence will air on your local PBS station!) In October 2001, Mary Kay underwrote production and distribution of the powerful documentary and it premiered nationwide on PBS stations. Breaking the Silence: Journeys of Hope was recognized in 2002 by the National Council on Family Relations in its Media Awards. The program is available through the PBS-Plus service to all PBS stations until the end of 2003. It is a co-production of Connecticut Public Television and Tatge-Lasseur Productions, Inc. Stations wishing more information about the program should contact the co-producer, Connecticut Public Television: lnewton@cptv.org. The American Bar Association has made copies of the video available at very low cost, in English or Spanish, complete with facilitator's guides. The price is only $10, plus shipping and handling. To order call 800-285-2221, or access an order form at www.abanet.org/publiced/domviol.html.


National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) — NCADV and The Body Shop have organized a cell phone drive. All Body Shop stores will be collecting deactivated cell phones throughout October to support NCADV's programs serving battered women and children. For more information contact Rita Smith at NCADV at 303-839-1852, ext. 105, or Kim Burrs at The Body Shop at 650-558-1192, ext. 8579.

National Institute for the Prevention of Workplace Violence — Barry Nixon has dedicated his Workplace Violence Today radio programs in October to Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The program can be listened to on the web at www.1100KFNX.com (Fridays 7:00 - 8:00 PM Mountain Time) and all callers are welcome. The schedule is as follows:

Sept 26 - Brian Spitzberg, Ph.D., Prof. University of San Diego (Topic: Stalking)

Oct 3 - Ann Kaminstein, DV Initiative

Oct 10 - Connie Brown, Domestic Violence Consultant/Trainer

Oct 17 - Rita Smith, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Oct 24 - Debbie Tucker, National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence

Oct 31 - Pam Paziotopoulos, The Paziotopoulos Group

Verizon Wireless – Throughout the month of October, in addition to efforts through their HOPELINE program, Verizon Wireless has been hosting and co-sponsoring corporate summits on domestic violence throughout the country. Communities with summits have included Chicago, Miami, Cincinnati, and Raleigh, North Carolina. (I have been privileged to participate in all of these wonderful events, most recently in Cincinnati on October 24 with Denny Strigl, President and CEO of Verizon Wireless.)


Verizon Wireless—a leading supporter of domestic violence awareness and prevention—supported organizations and activities designed to help victims and their families throughout the month of October. Below are some of their efforts coast-to-coast during the month. Yet, as CEO Denny Strigl said in his keynote speech on domestic violence in Cincinnati this month: "Domestic violence is not going away. I urge all of you to get involved and join the fight. Together we can make a difference."

West

The Northwest Region donated phones to the Mayor of Seattle for a domestic violence awareness campaign in Puget Sound, Seattle Police Department's Victim Support Team and King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Employee toiletry and personal-care collections resulted in 378 pounds of donations at our Bellevue, WA, campus and 120 pounds at Salt Lake City.

A Shower for the Shelter housewares collection was held in our Walnut Creek, CA, facility. Employees donated hundreds of items.

Verizon Wireless partnered with the Utah Attorney General in a domestic violence prevention and awareness campaign and presented the YWCA of Salt Lake City with a grant of $10,000 as well as 50 prepaid phones.

Verizon Wireless sponsored an stalking awareness campaign with the Honolulu Attorney General's Office and the Domestic Violence Clearinghouse and Legal Hotline that funded anti-stalking kits for victims of domestic violence.

The Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women recognized Verizon Wireless and our HopeLine program with the Corporate Humanitarian Award at the Commission's 32nd annual awards dinner in Santa Monica, CA.

Our third annual Domestic Violence Prevention Partnership with Colorado Governor Bill Owens included a series of awareness-building initiatives benefiting victims of domestic violence throughout Colorado.

Verizon Wireless awarded $32,000 in HopeLine grants to Arizona and Colorado domestic violence agencies.

Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano proclaimed October 10 as "Employers Against Domestic Violence Day." Verizon Wireless, a founding member of Arizona's Employers Against Domestic Violence, and other large businesses took part in the event.


Midwest

The Great Plains Region sponsored production of "¡UBÍCATE!"™ ("Find Yourself!"), the first Spanish-language educational film on Latino teen relationships.

In Iowa, a Verizon Wireless-sponsored domestic violence movie trailer debuted; it will air on 167 screens in 46 communities throughout the state.

Verizon Wireless held a news conference October 8th with Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty to announce a $25,000 grant to the Day One Center to fund operating and marketing costs of the Minnesota Domestic Violence Crisis Line.

The Kansas/Missouri Region pledged $8,000 to underwrite the "Quilt National" quilt-art competition preview party in St. Louis, a fundraising event for Women's Support and Community Services. Verizon Wireless also donated 100 handsfree devices for the agency's 24-hour crisis line.

The Metropolitan Family Violence Coalition, six Kansas City-area domestic violence agencies, was awarded a $60,000 grant from Verizon Wireless through the Verizon Foundation. Each agency will receive $10,000 to update technology needs, including computers, printers, software and technical support.

Grand-opening activities at our new Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in O'Fallon and Joplin, MO, included $2,000 donations to two local shelters, Bridgeway Women's Center and the Lafayette House.

"Wire-cutting" ceremonies at our new Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in Davenport, IA, and Champaign, Dekalb, Moline, Peoria and Chicago, IL, included donations totaling $8,000 to six local domestic violence agencies. Plus, for each wireless phones donated to HopeLine at the new stores October 24 - 31, generated an additional $5 to the agencies.


The Illinois/Wisconsin Region held a week-long phone collection drive with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Temporary Lodging for Children, a shelter for abused and neglected children in Kansas, received a $20,000 grant for classroom computer technology; the grant was made by the Verizon Foundation in conjunction with Verizon Wireless.

Co-sponsored the annual fundraiser of the Rose Brooks Center, a Kansas City-based domestic violence agency. The Ohio/Pennsylvania Region sponsored the annual Break the Silence luncheon of Choices, the largest domestic violence shelter in Central Ohio; more than 500 attended.

The Ohio/Pennsylvania Region sponsored Action Ohio's Empty Place at the Table, an event honoring those who have died at the hands of an abuser.

In Ohio, Verizon Wireless launched a phone donation drive with multiple Ohio State agencies and domestic violence shelters. The drive, coordinated through the Office of Criminal Justice Services, runs through mid-November.

A Shower for the Shelter employee housewares collection was held in Warrendale, Bridgeville and Cranberry Woods, PA.

In conjunction with several St. Louis area domestic violence groups, the Kansas/Missouri Region created "Abuse Ignores Age," a public education campaign to raise awareness of elder abuse and encourage victims to seek help.

The Ohio/Pennsylvania Region sponsored a YWCA of Greater Cincinnati conference with Denny Strigl as the keynote speaker, where he discussed the impact of domestic violence on the workplace.


Collected 300 phones at a Green Bay Packers home game as part of the "Protection is the Name of the Game" program kicks off for the second consecutive year.

South

In support of the metro Atlanta non-profit Partnership Against Domestic Violence, Verizon Wireless adopted two Atlanta-area shelters. Employee donations to these shelters were matched by the company.

The Georgia/Alabama Region sponsored Tennis Across Montgomery (AL) to help raise money for the Family Sunshine Center, a local domestic violence shelter.

Georgia employees donated phones for HopeLine on Phone Donation Fridays, October 17, 24 and 31. Prizes were given at random.

The Georgia/Alabama Region presented a $10,000 donation to Atlanta-based Operation Hope during an employee meeting.

Title sponsor of the 10th anniversary of Nashville-based You Have the Power, a national non-profit agency seeking to end domestic and child abuse founded by Tennessee Governor's wife.

A public service announcement created for radio play aired more than 13,000 times throughout the South Area with total media value of $760,340 of on-air advertising.

Verizon Wireless and the Houston Texans held a wireless phone drive at their game against the New York Jets.

At the New Orleans Media Experience, a weeklong arts festival a public service announcement on domestic violence, produced in conjunction with New Orleans police department, was "screened" on the sides of buildings downtown each night as part of the Canal Street Projection Project.

A wireless phone drive was held with the New Orleans police department at the "Salute to the Eighth" festival in the city's French Quarter.

Verizon Wireless sponsored the first-ever CEO Summit: Domestic Violence in the Workplace in Miami; more than 100 corporate executives attended.

HopeLine phone collections at 219 Publix supermarkets throughout South Florida continued through October.

The ongoing Clothesline Project, a traveling exhibit that displays artwork on T-shirts designed by survivors and their children, was set up on campus at Florida State University - College of Law in Tallahassee. The project has been featured at several malls and other public places throughout Florida and has received a high volume of broadcast and print media coverage.

The Florida Region held HopeLine a phone collection with Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Verizon Wireless sponsored the SOAP (Stamp Out Abuse, Period) Show at the University of South Florida in Tampa to bring awareness to college students.

Jacksonville, FL, citizens were invited to pick up ribbons at local Verizon Wireless Communications stores as part of the Mayor's purple ribbon campaign.

A $3,500 donation from Verizon Wireless helped launch the Interfaith Council of the Montgomery, AL-based Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence, made up of the state's faith and community leaders.

The company was honored with the Corporate Award of Excellence from Nashville's YWCA Academy for Women of Achievement for our efforts on behalf of women, from domestic violence awareness and prevention to our family-friendly workplace and human resources practices.

At the 11th annual Legacy of Women awards luncheon in Arlington, TX, Verizon Wireless received the Mary Lee Hafley Excellence Award for helping improve conditions for domestic-violence victims.

Employees in Central Texas bought tickets for Jeans Day to benefit a local domestic violence shelter.


Northeast

In New England, Verizon Wireless coordinated a HopeLine phone collection drive with the New Haven, CT, police department.

Employees donated hundreds of personal care and baby items for the Rockland (NY) Family Shelter.

With a grant to the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Verizon Wireless sponsored the launch of a domestic violence awareness stamp with the United States Postal Service.

The Philadelphia Region held a HopeLine phone collection drive at a Philadelphia Eagles' home game to benefit domestic violence organizations in the state.

A Silent Witness exhibit representing victims killed by an abuser was on display at Bedminster, Branchburg and Warren to raise awareness for domestic violence.

Employees donated hundreds of domestic items for the Shower for the Shelter housewares drives in Bedminster, Branchburg and Warren; representatives from the Somerset, NJ-based Resource Center for Women and Their Families attended a "shower" at each location.

Thirty-three employees -- and 200 people in all -- participated in the Verizon Wireless-sponsored Safe Dating Challenge walk benefiting the Resource Center for Women and Their Families and Jersey Battered Women Service. Verizon Wireless also donated $3,000 to each agency.

Verizon Wireless was recognized as a "Sign of Hope" by a New Hampshire-based domestic violence organization A Safe Place.

The Upstate New York Region held its third annual game day HopeLine phone collection with the Buffalo Bills; 534 phones were collected.The Washington/Baltimore/Virginia region launched a phone recycling drive with the D.C. Courts and with Howard (MA) County at fire stations, libraries and other public facilities.

The Washington/Baltimore/Virginia region donated 10 wireless phones and airtime and 10 wireless voice mailboxes to the Help and Emergency Response (H.E.R.) Shelter, a Hampton Roads-area non-profit domestic violence agency.

The New York Metro team helped underwrite of the New York City Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence conference and sponsored the City's Walk to End domestic violence.

Thirty-five clients of Washington, D.C., non-profit agency Suited for Change were guests in the Laurel regional headquarters for an "Invest in Yourself" workshop, where they learned job skills from employee volunteers.

Employees in Morristown, NJ, and Orangeburg, NY, donated hundreds of housewares for survivors of domestic violence in a Shower for the Shelter donation drive.


The Wireless Foundation — In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, CAEPV Member The Wireless Foundation donated $1.7 million dollars to four national organizations — the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (a fellow CAEPV Member), the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and the Family Violence Prevention Fund. These organizations will use the funds to provide services to families who are experiencing abuse, and to support prevention and awareness programs to protect future generations from family violence. (As you may recall, The Wireless Foundation provided CAEPV with a very generous donation earlier this year, and we thank them for all their work on behalf of victims and survivors of domestic violence.)