AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Domestic Violence Hotline (The Hotline) has issued a new PSA in an effort to bring more awareness to domestic violence and inform victims and survivors that there is a free, always-available resource they can rely on.
This PSA marks a significant milestone as it is the first to be issued by The Hotline in more than a decade. The Hotline had not created its own PSAs in the past because it was concerned about the calls and chats that would go unanswered due to a lack of resources. Because of the financial support of the NFL, the Family Violence Prevention Program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other financial partners, The Hotline is now more equipped to handle increased call volumes than ever before. Through the end of September, the organization has answered nearly 82,400 more calls than it did through the end of September 2014.
The PSA, produced both in English and Spanish, shows how a relationship that appears happy and healthy at first can evolve over time to become unhealthy and even violent. It concludes with two numbers for The Hotline, encouraging victims to seek help.
About The National Domestic Violence Hotline
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is a non-profit organization established in 1996 as part of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Operating around the clock, confidential and free of cost, The Hotline provides victims and survivors with life-saving tools and immediate support. Callers to the hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) can expect highly trained advocates to offer compassionate support, crisis intervention information and referral services in more than 200 languages. Visitors to TheHotline.org can chat live with advocates and they can find information about domestic violence, safety planning, local resources, and ways to support the organization.
The Hotline is funded by individuals, corporations, foundations and federal grants, including Grant Number 90EV0407/03 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)/ Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, a division of the Family and Youth Services Bureau in the Administration for Children and Families. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Administration for Children and Families or the U.S. Department of HHS.
SOURCE The National Domestic Violence Hotline