Monday, October 29, 2012

Ending the Cycle of Abuse

In partnership with Verizon Wireless, a press conference was hosted Monday at Crime Stoppers HQ to celebrate the launch of the annual Domestic Violence Prevention Campaign.   

Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, Verizon Wireless, and the Verizon Foundation joined Crime Stoppers to prevent Domestic Violence through education and fugitive apprehension. 

“Through the Verizon Foundation, we are very excited to partner with Crime Stoppers in support of the Catch a Culprit Domestic Violence Prevention Campaign with a grant of $15,000,” stated Verizon Wireless Director of Sales Tyrone Rice. “Through the combined efforts of Verizon Wireless and organizations like Crime Stoppers, we hope to diminish domestic violence and help victims regain safety and control over their lives.”
Throughout the course of the campaign, Crime Stoppers will feature fugitives at large in Houston, wanted for Domestic Violence-related crimes.  In addition to this apprehension operation, Crime Stoppers will continue to raise public awareness through educational events and appearances. 

Monday’s press conference highlighted the month long campaign details, and included a surprise announcement from the Verizon HopeLine program.  “Verizon’s HopeLine Hero’s Award honors individuals who have made an exceptional commitment to the prevention of Domestic Violence, and compassion toward victims,” lauded Mr. Rice. “Today Verizon Wireless would like to honor Sheriff Garcia with this award.”

After accepting the award on behalf of the dedicated deputies of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Adrian Garcia heeded a warning for all Domestic Violence perpetrators at large in Harris County

“This type of behavior, this type of ideology,” Garcia said, “is not tolerated in this society, at least not in Harris County.  We’ll put you in jail; we’ll put you in jail fast.”

Such is the aim of Crime Stoppers’ annual campaign.  Throughout the course of the initiative, Crime Stoppers will continue to engage the public for information regarding the location of Domestic Violence felony offenders.  Anyone with information about Domestic Violence offenders is asked to contact the Crime Stoppers tip line at (713) 222-TIPS (8477).

Beyond the scope of this apprehension program lays the heart of Crime Stoppers’ mission: to prevent crime.  As Crime Stoppers Executive Director Katherine Cabaniss explained, “The most important part of this campaign is preventing these crimes.  Getting the word out to men and women, that Domestic Violence is not going to be tolerated here in our jurisdiction.  We are here to interrupt the cycle of violence. 

“Verizon Wireless knows, and Hopeline knows that one call can save a life.”  

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