National Domestic Violence Hotline, Pamela supports new programs

Generous gift from the Pamela Anderson Foundation will support The Hotline’s work in educating and providing resources to parents who are experiencing abuse

Austin, Texas – (May 5/2016) Actress, author and philanthropist, Pamela Anderson announced the donation of $50,000 to The National Domestic Violence Hotline (The Hotline) on behalf of the Pamela Anderson Foundation. Anderson’s donation will support help The Hotline’s work in educating and providing resources to parents who are experiencing abuse, as well expand the online resources available for parents in abusive relationships.

Advocates from The Hotline often hear from victims and survivors whose abusive partners use their children as a tactic for control in the relationship. They work with victims and survivors to assess tactics that are used when there are kids in the home and provide safety planning tips to address those tactics. They also coach parents on how to talk to their children about what is happening when abuse is present.

“I’ve had an opportunity to meet the men and women who, day in and day out, offer compassion and information to anyone who needs help with domestic violence. As the mother of two children, I am delighted to know that our donation will help ensure that other parents seeking help and information will continue to find that trusted resource at The Hotline,” said Pamela Anderson, founder of The Pamela Anderson Foundation

“We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support from the Pamela Anderson Foundation,” said Katie Ray-Jones, chief executive officer of The Hotline. “This generous donation will expand our ability to offer services and provide resources for parents who are experiencing abuse. It would be very difficult for The Hotline to continue to do our work without supporters like Pamela Anderson and we greatly appreciate her taking the time to raise funds and awareness to make this possible.” Ray-Jones added.

Every day, advocates at The Hotline receive nearly 1,200 calls, chats and texts from victims, survivors, their friends and family seeking information about domestic violence. With one in four women, one in seven men and one in three teens experiencing physical, emotional or verbal abuse by an intimate partner in their lifetime, the need to provide resources and support for victims has been critical. 

This is the second significant contribution made by the Pamela Anderson Foundation to The Hotline. Anderson, who now spends most of her time raising funds for non-profit organizations worldwide, visited the organization’s headquarters last year to present a $60,000 donation on behalf of her foundation. The visit provided her with the opportunity to hear first-hand how advocates are making a difference in the lives of those affected by abuse.

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.Press Contact: Maribel Bruno mbruno@ndvh.org 

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