A Day To Connect, Inspire & Heal

(Left to right) Judge Katherine Tennyson, MSNBC's Goldie Taylor, CNN/HLN's Christi Paul, former NFL player Chris Johnson and Beverly Gooden, creator of the #WhyIStayed Movement, discuss public perception about domestic violence.

(Left to right) Judge Katherine Tennyson, MSNBC's Goldie Taylor, CNN/HLN's Christi Paul, former NFL player Chris Johnson and Beverly Gooden, creator of the #WhyIStayed Movement, discuss public perception about domestic violence.

This month, I had the pleasure of working with Verizon Wireless and When Georgia Smiled: The Robin McGraw Revelation Foundation on a summit on domestic violence. October Is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and it is shocking to learn that nearly one in four women, one in seven men and more than 3 million children in the United States are affected by domestic violence.

This summit served as a platform for connecting, inspiring, and healing people on the front lines of the domestic violence provider community.  Summit attendees included Robin McGraw, CEO, When Georgia Smiled: The Robin McGraw Revelation Foundation; Dr. Phil McGraw, host DR. PHIL; Christi Paul, News Anchor/Correspondent, CNN  and HLN; Chris Johnson, former member of the Super Bowl champions Baltimore Ravens and many more. 

The day was truly inspirational and touched on many of the issues surrounding domestic violence including the good and harmful role technology can play. Verizon is really leading the way by showing how corporations play a role in domestic violence. Through their HopeLine program, they've donated hundreds of thousands of phones and awarded millions of dollars in cash grants to domestic violence organizations nationwide. Read more about their HopeLine program here.

If you’d like to get involved in ending domestic violence, the When Georgia Smiled: The Robin McGraw Revelation Foundation has a number of unique programs addressing domestic violence and campus sexual assault. You can find out more here.

If you or someone you know are in an abusive relationship, there places you can go for help. Call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or visit http://www.thehotline.org