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National Hotline: Public Help Needed to End Domestic Abuse

The National Domestic Violence Hotline would like the public to participate in a special campaign this October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month by committing to doing “one thing” to end relationship abuse.

In partnership with advocacy organizations across the U.S., the hotline is calling on members of the media, advocates, partners, supporters, survivors, and others to make a collective difference in the ongoing effort to thwart and end domestic violence for good.

“Every day for the past 22 years, our advocates at the hotline have answered calls from people seeking support, information, and resources,” said Katie Ray-Jones, the hotline’s chief executive officer. “We hope that one day our services will no longer be needed, but until that day comes we look for solutions and we offer hope to anyone affected by abuse. It’s important that we continue to be there for victims and survivors and to work as a collective to end domestic violence once and for all.”

According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, about one in four women and one in seven men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime.

The hotline’s recently released 2017 Impact Report shows 323,356 calls, chats, and texts were answered by its advocates, but 98,159 went unanswered due to a lack of resources.

They also found that a 74 percent increase in number of contacts indicating that firearms played a role in their abuse, 11 percent increase in contacts from persons who reported their abusive situation involved children and a seven percent increase in contacts related to suicide (attempts or threats of suicide used as coercion by abuser).

Anyone can become a part of the #1Thing campaign by sharing what they’re doing or what they plan to do to end the epidemic of domestic violence.

To join, participants are asked to tape a message 30 to 60 seconds in length on their smartphone answering the question, “What is the one thing you are doing, or plan to do, to end domestic violence?” Participants their video on social media using the hashtags #1Thing and #NDVH.

“Many people care and understand that domestic violence is a serious public health problem, but they don’t take action,” Ray-Jones said. “They want to do something but believe their actions can’t make a difference. Just imagine if each of us committed to doing one thing — this collective action could create real social transformation.”

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Sarafina Wright –Washington Informer Staff Writer

Sarafina Wright is a staff writer at the Washington Informer where she covers business, community events, education, health and politics. She also serves as the editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge, the Informer’s millennial publication. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, she attended Howard University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. A proud southern girl, her lineage can be traced to the Gullah people inhabiting the low-country of South Carolina. The history of the Gullah people and the Geechee Dialect can be found on the top floor of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In her spare time she enjoys watching either college football or the Food Channel and experimenting with make-up. When she’s not writing professionally she can be found blogging at www.sarafinasaid.com. E-mail: Swright@washingtoninformer.com Social Media Handles: Twitter: @dreamersexpress, Instagram: @Sarafinasaid, Snapchat: @Sarafinasaid

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