Hello everyone and thank you for your interest in our Taking Action Against Domestic Violence campaign! Since 2009, our mission is to empower victims to break the cycle of abuse; raise awareness of local domestic violence centers; and educate the public on the warning signs of domestic violence & dating abuse.

At the heart of our campaign is the Florida DV hotline - 1-800-500-1119. It serves as a "life line" to victims - connecting callers to the DV center nearest them. Operators are standing by to help, 24/7, and trained to help callers with everything from a safety-plan to safe haven.

New in 2014, our Taking Action Against Domestic Violence team will host a telethon to benefit all 10 state- certified DV centers in our community. The October 22, 2014 telethon will start at noon and culminate with the annual 1-hour special at 7PM.

Also new is "Get 2 Zero"! This is a fundraising effort being done across all ABC Action News media platforms – television, online, social media and our Action News Now mobile app! "Get 2 Zero" was created in partnership with Orange Theory, to benefit The Spring in Hillsborough County, CASA & The Haven of RCS in Pinellas, Peace River Center in Polk, CASA in Citrus, Sunrise & Salvation Army DV Program in Pasco, Dawn Center in Hernando, Hope Family Services in Manatee and SPRCC in Sarasota County. You can donate online, anytime, by clicking the "Get 2 Zero" Donate button! You decide which center(s) will receive your donation!

The 6th Annual Taking Action Against Domestic Violence campaign kicked off on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 with news reports, public service announcements and the "Get 2 Zero" fundraising effort! Our first ever telethon to benefit DV centers and 2014 1-hour special will be on October 22! This high-profile, 6-week campaign coincides with National DV Awareness Month. Outside the campaign, we remain committed to this issue year round. This ABC Action News DV webpage and corresponding Facebook & Twitter fan pages are packed with links to local resources, the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence and more.

WATCH NOW: 2014 Taking Action Against Domestic Violence 1-hour Special

Since we launched Taking Action Against Domestic Violence in March 2009, the Florida Coalition Against DV has reported a 77% increase in calls to its hotline during the 6 weeks of our campaigns in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013! Together with the Allstate Foundation, Sykes Enterprises and the Verizon Foundation, we've helped local DV advocates raise more than half – a million dollars in the first 5 years of the campaign. Now more than ever, the ten state certified DV centers in our community need our help! Please join us on this life-saving quest!

Sincerely, Lissette Campos

Director of Community Affairs

WFTS TV ABC Action News

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