Support victims of domestic abuse this #GivingTuesday and beyond

THE NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE LOGOSupport victims of domestic abuse this #GivingTuesday and beyond

Avon Foundation for Women to match all donations to the National Domestic Violence Hotline

AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Just a few days ago, many waited in line at stores across the country to save $20, or more, on items ranging from clothes to shoes to the latest in electronics. At the National Domestic Violence Hotline, $20 means that an advocate is able to answer the call from someone affected by abuse seeking support and help.

For nearly 20 years, the National Domestic Violence Hotline has operated a 24/7 hotline available 365 days a year and provided services in more than 200 languages, answering more than 600 confidential calls a day.  The advocates provide a vital link to safety, helping victims, survivors, concerned family and friends find services in their community.

“Unfortunately, the need is often overwhelming and advocates are not able to answer every call that we receive at The Hotline.  Last year alone, 77,000 calls went unanswered because of a lack of resources.  This fact is especially sobering given that many victims may only reach out for help once,” said Katie Ray-Jones, chief executive officer of the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

This year, The Hotline is partnering once again with the Avon Foundation for Women, the world’s largest corporate-affiliated philanthropy focused on issues that matter most to women.  Thanks to their incredible generosity, we have the opportunity to raise $1 million to help domestic violence victims and survivors living in the U.S.

The Avon Foundation for Women will match donations made directly to The Hotline now through Feb. 28 up to $500,000.  The commitment to double each gift makes #GivingTuesday (Dec. 2) the ideal time to give.  Each donation combined with the matching gift from the Avon Foundation will help ensure that advocates are there for even more victims and survivors.

For every four women and every seven men, there is someone who is experiencing abuse.  With just $20, advocates at The Hotline can help change that and give hope to someone this holiday season.

With the Avon Foundation’s pledge to match every donation, each dollar raised this #GivingTuesday and beyond could help raise as much as $1 million dollars. To donate, please visit