Each year on this free 45-minute call, approximately 400 listeners have joined us, with many more listening together in counseling centers, domestic violence shelters, meeting rooms, at school and at home. Each year our numbers continue to grow. This is a very special time for us to come together in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month to:
- Mourn those who have died because of domestic violence,
- Celebrate the advancements we have made to support those who have survived, and
- Connect those within the movement to end violence against women and girls.
Newly Added Speaker!
Legendary Grammy Award artist Gloria Gaynor is best known for her iconic hit, "I Will Survive," an uplifting and empowering song of survival.
For more than three decades, "I Will Survive" has been a beacon of hope for countless victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The film industry has featured "I Will Survive" on the soundtrack of more than half a dozen major motion pictures, and VH-1 honored Gloria Gaynor with the number one spot during their countdown of Top 100 Dance Records of All Time.
Evident by numerous awards received over the years, Gloria Gaynor's popularity has continuously flourished throughout the decades - a testament to how the message of survival resonates with women across generations. As a spokesperson for the National Network to End Domestic Violence, Ms. Gaynor wants to bring greater awareness to domestic violence and help bring an end to this devastating social issue.
Ms. Gaynor will share remarks on the call.
This year's call will feature the story of Christi Paul, CNN Headline News Anchor. Ms. Paul is a survivor of domestic violence and recently published author of a very inspiring and empowering book, Love Isn't Supposed to Hurt. She has a powerful voice and she uses it to help others in need, particularly children, as a Board of Directors member with Safe Kids Georgia and as an ambassador for Liz Claiborne's Love Is Not Abuse.
We'll also hear from Global Design Director at Kimberly-Clark, Christine Mau. In this role Christine is responsible for the strategic design leadership that guides the family care sector brand's expression across product, packaging and communication. In 2010 Christine was invited to join a small group of colleagues, with a big idea: to end domestic violence and sexual assault. She now sits on the Executive Committee of NO MORE. She has been instrumental in defining the mission, creating the brand, the optimistic vanishing point logo and the national launch to commercialize this campaign.
Professor Kalimah Johnson chairs the Sexual Assault Awareness Month event, "Take Back the Night-Detroit," and will perform a poetry piece on the call. She is founder of SASHA Center, a non-profit agency providing primary prevention workshops and support groups to survivors of sexual assault. She is a performance poet and has published numerous articles in various mediums on the world-wide-web and authored a book titled, "Locs for Life: The Root to Wellbeing for African American Women.
How can you join the call?
- Complete registration for this FREE event. You will receive two confirmation emails; one will ask you to "print your ticket and bring it to the event." Please print your ticket for the call-in details, but you do not need to bring it to the event. You can participate from any location using a landline or mobile phone.
- Mark your calendar and clear your schedule for Tuesday, October 2nd at 3:00pm Eastern, 2:00pm Central, 12:00pm Pacific.
- UPDATED: On the day of the call, dial (888) 390-3967 on your telephone. An Operator will ask you for your name and then connect you to the session.
- Remain on the line for the duration of the call, approximately 45 minutes.
What are some ways to engage others for the call?
- Email this announcement to your list of networks, post it on your social networks.
- Host a listening party at your program or shelter.
- Broadcast the call using the speaker system in your facility.
- Use the hashtags #DVAM2012 and #CallOfUnity2012 when Tweeting about the event.
- Learn how you can replicate this DVAM event in your community: http://www.nrcdv.org/dvam/themes/dvap/PDF/Nat'lCallofUnity.pdf.