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For Immediate Release


The Verizon Foundation and the Women Center of Montgomery County

Partner to Break the Cycle of Violence in our Community:

Verizon Awards $15,000 Grant

for Dating Violence Prevention Program in High Schools



The Women Center of Montgomery County is proud to announce a grant in the amount of $15,000 from the Verizon Foundation to implement a new high school dating violence curriculum, Break the Cycle.


This curriculum, developed by Respect Works, combines both prevention and intervention tools with interactive learning that help high school students and their families identify unhealthy dating practices and to understand safety planning, legal rights and remedies available to them.  The program was developed to engage, educate and empower youths to reduce teen dating violence.


The Women’s Center of Montgomery County serves more than 4,000 victims of domestic violence each year in its offices located in Elkins Park, Norristown, Lansdale, Colmar, Pottstown and Bryn Mawr, as well as a Medical Advocate at Abington Memorial Hospital and Holy Redeemer Hospital.


“With state, federal and county cuts forcing the elimination of staff and services for victims of domestic violence, this grant from the Verizon Foundation is a unique and wonderful opportunity to provide both prevention and intervention services to young people in our community,” said Maria Macaluso, Executive Director of the Women’s Center of Montgomery County. “We believe that the key to preventing domestic violence is early education, so we are thrilled that Verizon shares our vision and commitment to the safety of our teens.  We are very grateful to Verizon, both for the financial support and their wonderful example of community partnership, leadership and giving.”


“On behalf of Verizon Foundation and Verizon Wireless, we are happy to support the Women’s Center of Montgomery County in this effort to help improve the safety of teens at risk from dating violence” said Daniel J. Reavy, Director-External Affairs, Verizon Pennsylvania.  “Through this partnership, we hope to raise awareness about teen dating violence, the dynamics of abuse and what families and the community can do to end the intimate partner violence that destroys lives and families.




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