The event

Thursday, March 22nd marked the introduction to the first ever statewide campaign against domestic violence. To raise awareness and gain support, the NC Council for Women (NC Dept of Administration agency) and its partners held a kickoff event in Charlotte, NC to promote the campaign that will begin in 2013. During this time startling statistics, personal stories and a panel of speakers drove home the importance of awareness in the campaign against domestic abuse.

The campaign

In 2010, a group of motivated volunteers, including the North Carolina Council for Women and United Family Services amongst others, met to map out an integrated effort to end violence against women.

With a goal to educate, connect and inspire, the campaign will work to end domestic violence against women. The efforts will begin in Mecklenburg and Iredell counties and then will spread across North Carolina over the next few years. To fund the first year of the campaign the group is hoping to raise $1 million.

“When we can act as one community, against this crime and injustice towards women (and men), we can truly break the cycle within families and communities. Like other state-wide awareness campaigns such as anti-smoking and seat belts, if we arm the public, we can create positive and lasting change.”
- Jenny Ward, Chair of the Board of Directors of NC Council for Women. Sustainability Engagement Manager, Duke Energy Corporation.

The facts

  • North Carolina ranks 4th in the nation in homicides committed by men against women.

  • 1 in 4 of our women will report violence at the hands of an intimate partner.

  • Domestic Violence is the #1 reason women and children become homeless in the U.S.

  • More than 13% of high school students report experiencing physical violence by a boyfriend or girlfriend.

  • Each year, Intimate Partner Violence results in an estimated 1,200 deaths and 2 million injuries among women.

  • About 1/3 of female victims of homicide were killed by their current or former husbands or boyfriends.

  • Last year the police received around 36,000 calls (about 100 calls per day) reporting domestic abuse in the Charlotte area.

How to help

Get educated and become an active voice. Take the Domestic Violence IQ quiz to assess your knowledge around domestic violence facts.
Pledge financial support.
To learn more visit: http://enoughviolence.com/ways-to-help.

VisionPoint’s Involvement

"Being a part of the first statewide campaign against domestic abuse has been extremely rewarding for VisionPoint Marketing. The team pulled together in efforts to create a website that can shed light on a problem that is often left in the shadows. These types of projects speak directly to the VisionPoint culture; nothing is more gratifying than involvement in a project that can positively affect many lives."
- Diane Kuehn, President & CEO of VisionPoint Marketing.

VisionPoint invites you to join in the effort to end domestic violence.