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Verizon Donates $150,000 For Domestic Violence Prevention

Verizon is giving more than $150,000 in grant money to domestic violence agencies in Marion and Hendricks counties.

A victim of domestic violence.

Photo: The Advocacy Project

A victim of domestic violence.

The company made the announcement Thursday morning during a news conference inside the Julian Center — one of the state’s largest domestic violence shelters. Laura Berry, Executive Director of the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, says the grant money comes at a time when domestic violence is escalating in Indiana.

“In the last year, 82 percent of our domestic violence programs reported a higher demand for services, while 76 percent reported a decrease in their funding,” Berry says.  “And of those, 38 percent said they didn’t even have enough funding to meet their basic needs.”

Shelters throughtout the state are reporting a spike in domestic violence calls for help brought on by the pressure of a souring economy. Sixty-two people died in Indiana last year due to domestic violence. Four have been killed this week alone.

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