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This post was very hard for me to write, I started it several times and had to stop. As many of you know from a past post, I am a survivor of domestic violence, Domestic violence can strike any household, it does not discriminate. As you can imagine the Holiday Season often sees an increase in cases of domestic violence. Every risk factor comes into play during the season, money is tight for some, parties and celebrations that involve alcohol. The emotional stress of wanting to provide a fun, festive time for children living in a home of domestic violence often becomes the focus point of those partnered with an abusive person.
|29-year-old Hillary Saenz and her children. Via Facebook|
Shortly after Christmas last year I attended a candlelight vigil for Hillary Saenz, a 29 year old who was killed Christmas day by her abusive partner. The last words she heard from her children was them begging her partner to please not fight because it was Christmas.
Childrens photos from Ridge View Community School Christina’s Via Facebook
On Dec. 20th the small county I live in was hit again with a Christmas tragedy. The woman who was found slain, along with two of her children, was trying to escape an abusive relationship. Christina Sargent was 36, her children only 8 and 10. His reason for killing the children was because, as they were screaming,while seeing him strangle their mom, he realized they were witnesses.
Women are much more likely to be victims of intimate partner violence with 85% of domestic abuse victims being women and 15% men. 3 woman in the US are murdered everyday by a current or former partner. Nearly one in four women, one in seven men & more than 3 million children in the United States are affected by domestic violence.
There is a simple thing that you can do that may help a victim of domestic violence not become a statistic. Verizon Wireless has a program called Hopeline. It is the perfect for those who received a new phone this Christmas.
From Verizon Wireless:
“HopeLine phones are refurbished phones that are equipped with 3,000 anytime minutes of airtime and texting capabilities. They come with Verizon Wireless Nationwide Coverage, Call Forwarding, Call Waiting, 3-Way Calling, Caller ID, Basic Voice Mail and texting. HopeLine phones are available to survivors affiliated with participating domestic violence agencies.
How to Donate a Wireless Phone
You can donate no-longer-used phones and accessories in any condition from any wireless provider at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store, through a HopeLine® phone drive, or through the mail. Just follow these simple steps:
5.If you’re mailing in the phone and accessories, pack them up and seal the package securely. Print out the postage-paid label (with your return address filled in) and attach it to the box or envelope. Then, just drop it in the mail.
Please if you are a victim of domestic Violence and need help reach out. Talk to a friend, contact your church or call The Domestic Violence helpline at:
1-800-799-7233(safe) and TTY 1800-787-3224