(CBS) — Domestic violence is all around us – pervasive, insidious and epidemic.
The victims, 1-in-3 women and 1-in-7 men, who experience intimate abuse by their partners often live in fear and isolation.
If you or someone you know is struggling in this situation, please join Chicago Says No More: A Call for Hope, sponsored by Verizon, during the 5 and 6 p.m. news on CBS 2 Chicago, Monday, September 19. Domestic violence advocates will be available to assist, support and provide resources to callers during a critical moment in their lives.
“We understand the courage it takes to make that call, to reach out and ask for help,” says Chicago Says No More Founder Kristie Paskvan.
“We have seen how collaboration is key to providing support and changing our culture to reject domestic violence of any kind. Experts confirm the very first contact a victim makes can be a life-changing event. A victim who is believed rather than blamed, who gets needed support, can survive and succeed.”
John Granby, president of the Great Lakes Market for Verizon, affirms the hope and strength of collaboration: “In order to end domestic violence, we all need to be part of the solution. We are proud to join our community partners and together take that first powerful step.”
“As the media partner of Chicago Says No More since its inception, everyone at CBS 2 Chicago understands the power of communicating and encouraging those experiencing domestic violence to tune in and make ‘A Call for Hope,’” says Marty Wilke, president and general manager of CBS 2 Chicago.
“For ‘A Call for Hope,’ our immediate goal is to communicate and raise awareness about the devastating consequences of domestic violence in our community,” says Kristie Paskvan. “Our vital mission to eradicate this terrifying problem can only be accomplished by delivering the message that this will no longer be tolerated in our community. We are not turning away. Together we can fix this.”
On Monday, September 19, tune in to experience “A Call for Hope” during the breaks at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on CBS 2 Chicago.