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Honoring the Important Work of the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project

by Employee ‎05-06-2013 06:58 PM - edited ‎05-06-2013 06:59 PM

martha_delehanty_71x95.jpgbiden200px.jpgOur guest blogger is Martha Delehanty, senior vice president of human resources for Verizon.


Domestic violence is one of the most critical public health issues resulting in serious, long-term health impacts and devastating effects on children, families and our communities as a whole. Approximately 1 in 4 women and nearly 1 in 7 men in the U.S. have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetimes.


I was fortunate enough to recently attend the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP)’s annual Voices Against Violence event. DCVLP is a local Washington, D.C. legal services organization founded by three remarkable women attorneys -- Jenny Brody, Karen Barker Marcou and Marla Spindel -- in 2008 to address the critical shortage of quality legal assistance for lower income people in the District, especially in cases involving domestic violence and other urgent family law matters.


Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. was honored at the fifth annual event and delivered remarks. Vice President Biden has been a champion in the fight against domestic violence for over two decades, he has changed attitudes and created new protections for millions of domestic violence survivors.


It was a particular honor to be able to congratulate Vice President. Biden on behalf of Verizon, as the company has been a leader for over a decade in the work to end domestic violence. We remain steadfast in our commitment to Domestic Violence Prevention and ending domestic violence. Verizon supports a broad range of programs that include:


  • Training healthcare practitioners and first responders about screening for signs of abuse.
  • Engaging men as role models and advocates for prevention.
  • Educating teens about preventing dating violence.
  • Collecting no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories with proceeds supporting and furthering domestic violence prevention programs.
  • Allowing all Verizon Wireless customers to easily connect with a domestic violence counselor by dialing #4673 (#HOPE).   


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‎05-06-2013 08:54 PM - edited ‎05-06-2013 09:21 PM

 Psychological abuse, can at times, be worse than physical violence. While very difficult to recognize who is the aggressor, and who is the abused. Much of the time, this is hidden by denial or privacy that can not be shown by bruises or broken bones. While some organizations recognize this fact, many still do not.


"Approximately 1 in 4 women and nearly 1 in 7 men in the U.S. have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetimes." How about statistic for Psychological abuse?


"Engaging men as role models and advocates for prevention." Why just men? Though I do see your statistics and reality that more women are abused.


Though men are supposed to be strong and be role models, with today's desire for equality, some women are never happy regardless of what the man may provide, or do for them. Regardless as a man, I feel any good man would not abuse a women regardless of the lack of respect, and it should work the same both ways.


Kudos for Verizon to be participating in this issue, I still believe there is much to be done. My Employer is good to recognize both physical and psychological abuse. Not just physical violence, and provides counseling for both.


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