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Verizon Donates
$75K to Gay Domestic Violence Hotline

Verizon Donates
$75K to Gay Domestic Violence Hotline

Telecommunications giant Verizon has given $75,000 to the Gay Men's Domestic Violence Project, helping the group expand its services to more people.

Telecommunications giant Verizon has given $75,000 to the Gay Men's Domestic Violence Project, helping the group expand its services to more people. According to a press release, the program is one of a few domestic violence hotlines targeting male couples that serves a multistate area. The Domestic Violence Project started its 24-hour hotline in Massachusetts eight years ago. Now it's expanding its coverage to Rhode Island and Connecticut, the organization announced Wednesday.

"The Verizon grant is significant for several reasons," said Curt Rogers, director of the GMDVP, at a news conference Wednesday. "It expands a model program into other states, and it provides a lifeline to gay, bisexual, and transgender male victims currently without access to services. It also raises awareness among other corporations that domestic violence is a critical issue that impacts everyone."

The grant will be used in part to hire a regional coordinator to oversee the staff of volunteers.

"Domestic violence is an issue that affects every segment of society," said Donna Cupelo, Verizon president for Massachusetts and Rhode Island. "Statistics have shown that one in four gay men will be victims of domestic violence. Verizon is proud to work with the GMDVP to assist on this worthy project." (The Advocate)

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