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"We need to wake people up to the attitudes and actions that continue to keep victims at risk and our cities, towns and cultural communities unsafe." ~ Paulo Pinto, MPA, Executive Director, MAPS - Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers

Jane Doe Inc. Commends Verizon for Leadership on Domestic Violence Prevention

In Massachusetts and nationwide Verizon continuously demonstrates the impact a corporate partner can have on the issues facing our communities. Through their grant awards and participation in prevention efforts such as Jane Doe Inc.'s White Ribbon Day Campaign, Verizon and its employees are making a difference in the lives of survivors of sexual and domestic violence and the safety of our communities.

The technology grant awarded to Jane Doe Inc. (JDI) has allowed us to develop a new password-protected website for our members. Beyond its administrative benefits, this website will facilitate the sharing of resources and sensitive dialogue around critical topics among JDI and our sixty members. We are grateful for the financial support for this project. We also congratulate the other grantees whose work saves lives everyday.

We know this work matters, and we approach this issue with both alarm and hope. The numbers in Massachusetts speak for themselves: 250 people died in domestic violence incidents in past nine years; thousands of rapes, child sexual assaults and other acts of sexual violence are reported each year; and the stark reality of unmet needs simply because local programs do not have enough resources to keep up with the demand for help, support and safety.

In contrast to these alarming facts, we find hope in the courage of survivors, in the advocacy of sexual and domestic violence programs, in the commitment of places like Verizon. We also find hope in the thousands of men in Massachusetts who are finding ways personally and professionally to work for justice and equality and to no longer remain silent about their role—and responsibility—to stand up, man up, and be part of the solution in ending violence against women.

For more information contact Jane Doe Inc.’s Director of Communications, Toni Troop at 617-557-1807 or ttroop@janedoe.org.

Go to: Verizon.com/ma to see the full list of 2011 Verizon Foundation Domestic Violence Solutions awardees.

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Verizon and Leaders of Domestic Violence Prevention to Announce More Than $200,000 in Grants at Event on Oct. 28

BOSTON – A host of leaders who are working to prevent domestic violence in Massachusetts and to encourage men to join the movement will participate in an event on Friday (Oct. 28) where more than $200,000 in grants will be awarded to 19 nonprofit organizations.

WHO: Don McPherson, ESPN college football analyst and a national leader in the men’s engagement movement
Angelo McClain, Massachusetts commissioner of child and family services
Marion Mason and Caitlin Geddes of Northeastern University’s Center for Sport and Society
Christine Berberich, Verizon Wireless president - New England
Donna Cupelo, Verizon region president – New England

A number of men who took the White Ribbon Day pledge to prevent domestic violence
WHAT: Verizon will announce 19 winners of its domestic violence prevention grants. MacPherson will deliver keynote address: “Engaging Men as Allies in the Prevention of Domestic Violence.” Leaders of domestic violence prevention organizations Jane Doe Inc. and Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center will also be on hand.

WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 28

WHERE: John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, Northeastern University, Leon Street, Boston

BACKGROUND: The Verizon Foundation has a long history of supporting nonprofit agencies that provide domestic violence prevention and services programs. In addition, the HopeLine by Verizon program collects wireless devices and accessories at the company’s stores or by mail to help victims of domestic violence. The program provides wireless phones and airtime to victims of domestic violence and cash grants to local shelters and nonprofit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention, awareness and advocacy.

NOTE: After the awards program and keynote address, attendees will be invited to stay for a luncheon. After the luncheon, staff from various domestic violence prevention agencies will receive training on how to engage more men in their efforts. Interviews with all participants can be arranged.

Contacts: Verizon
Phil Santoro 617-743-4760
philip.g.santoro@verizon.com
NU Center for Sport and Society
Caitlin Geddes
617-373-4025 C.Geddes@neu.edu


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