August 21, 2013

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Verizon Wireless’ long-time charitable focus has been domestic violence prevention and care through its HopeLine program. The company has an award called HopeLine Heroes to honor members of the community who use their influence to bring greater awareness to prevention efforts.

Verizon Wireless has honored WYFF News 4 with the HopeLine Hero award for its recent special report, Chronicle: Living in Fear, which covered domestic violence in the Upstate of South Carolina. The award afforded WYFF a chance to designate a 501c3 nonprofit domestic violence agency to receive a $2,500 grant through HopeLine. WYFF selected Safe Harbor as its grant recipient.

“We are incredibly thankful to WYFF-4 for their partnership with Safe Harbor and their continuing commitment to raise much-needed awareness about the issue of domestic violence in our Upstate community,” said Becky Callaham, executive director for Safe Harbor. “We are honored to receive this Hopeline Hero grant, and we are deeply grateful to Verizon for their generosity and interest in this cause.”

“Nearly one in four women is affected by domestic violence during her lifetime,” said Jerry Fountain, president for Verizon Wireless in the Carolinas and Tennessee. “Verizon Wireless has been focused on prevention efforts since 2001. We offer our heartfelt thanks to WYFF for its much-needed special report, and we are proud to continue supporting the work of Safe Harbor in our community.”

I am a survivor of domestic violence.

“I didn’t know that I was being abused...

I am a survivor of domestic violence.

“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self-worth from my own self-worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself.

Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family, I am taking control of my life again.”

- Beth



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