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Verizon Foundation Helps CHCI Raise Awareness About Domestic Violence

Domestic violence affects women, children, and men in every community—large, small, urban, rural—yet it continues to be the most underreported crime in America. In light of the proposed reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, CHCI and its valued partner, Verizon Foundation, held a special awareness event on February 17, focused on reducing domestic violence in America.

View the photo gallery from the event.

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Domestic Violence and the Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

On February 17, CHCI Fellows and other professionals who are dedicated to ending domestic violence gathered at the Capitol Visitors Center for a special event.  Rep. Loretta Sanchez welcomed the group and provided opening remarks.  Then, Paulette Sullivan Moore, Vice President of Public Policy, National Network to End Domestic Violence, moderated a panel of experts who examined the issue from a variety of angles, focusing primarily on key national policy issues concerning victims of domestic violence.

Panelists included:

  • Jaime Farrant, Executive Director of Ayuda, Inc.
  • Paulette Moore, Vice President of Public Policy, National Network to End Domestic Violence
  • Noah Bookbinder, Chief Counsel for Criminal Justice, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Rosie Hidalgo, Director of Public Policy, Casa de Esperanza

A second piece of this important discussion is planned in the coming months.  Part Two of the CHCI-Verizon Foundation event will include the screen of "Telling Amy's Story" and a post-film discussion. 

"Telling Amy’s Story" is a powerful, national PBS documentary about the domestic violence homicide of Amy Homan McGee at the hands of her husband, Vincent.  While the end of Amy’s story can never be changed, "Telling Amy’s Story" chronicles the events leading up to her death on November 8, 2001, and seeks to change the outcome for the millions of victims, survivors, and loved ones affected by domestic violence every day.  For more information on the "Telling Amy’s Story" program, please visit http://telling.psu.edu/index.html.

Check back for the date and time of the movie screening and discussion, or email Caroline Gonzalez at cgonzalez@chci.org to be added to the attendee notification list.