Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and Clear Channel launch multi-language domestic violence awareness campaign

Today, the Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault joined Clear Channel Outdoor to unveil a campaign in five languages—English, Spanish, Amharic, Vietnamese and Somali—to combat domestic violence in Seattle. Other partners include the Multi-lingual Access Project.

This campaign is intended to address domestic violence, which impacts approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men who are physically assaulted by an intimate partner in the United States. In Washington State 19% of women and 9% of men reported experiencing domestic violence during their lifetime. Women of color are at 2.5 to 3.5 times greater risk for domestic violence homicides than their white counterparts. Additionally, women living in low-income households are at heightened risk of domestic violence.

With the goal of preventing domestic violence and promoting culturally appropriate resources to better support survivors and their family, beginning today and running through December 1, 2015, messages about domestic violence will be on billboards throughout Seattle.

“All residents, including immigrants and refugees, must have access to resources and support systems that help end domestic violence,” said Mayor Murray. “Thank you to Clear Channel Outdoor and our partners for this effort to reach Seattle’s newest families.

“We are proud to be part of such an important campaign to continue our support of this effort to bring attention to domestic violence in Seattle. Billboards are a powerful way to reach people while also targeting specific audiences, and Clear Channel has a long history of working with law enforcement, government agencies and nonprofits on myriad public safety and community building initiatives.” said Pam Guinn, president, CCOA-Washington State. “Domestic violence is a pervasive scourge that affects all of us in all of our communities and so we hope this campaign will be a strong and visible step forward in the fight against this crime.”

Annually, the Seattle Human Services Department through the Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault invests in more than $5.2 million in services and programs to address sexual exploitation, domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, intervention, coordinated response and offenders’ accountability programs.

Call 1-888-847-7205 to get help, toll-free, 24 hours-a-day, every day of the year. The hotline is available in English and Spanish, and in more than 15 languages through the use of interpreters.

Learn more about this campaign and the Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, here.

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The Seattle Human Services Department is one of the largest contributors to Seattle’s safety net as it provides $99 million in funding through 522 contracts to nearly 200 agencies that support Seattle’s most vulnerable residents each year. The department works closely with its community partners, including other public and nonprofit funders and service providers, to understand current and emerging human service needs, and to create and invest in a comprehensive and integrated regional human services system.

Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CCO) is one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising companies with more than 675,000 displays in over 40 countries across Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and North America.  Reaching millions of people monthly, including consumers in 45 of the top 50 U.S. markets, Clear Channel Outdoor enables advertisers to engage with consumers through innovative advertising solutions.  Clear Channel Outdoor is pioneering the integration of out-of-home with mobile and social platforms, and the company’s digital platform includes more than 8,000 screens worldwide, with 1,175 digital billboards across 37 U.S. markets.

 

Remembering Terri Kimball, Former Division Director

It is with great sadness that we share news about the loss of Terri Kimball, former Director of the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Division with HSD. Terri passed away on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at the age of 64 after a long battle with metastatic breast cancer. Known for her vision and tenacity, Terri dedicated more than 30 years to health and human services working for such agencies as City of Seattle, Public Health-Seattle & King County, Senior Services, Domestic Abuse Women’s Network and Center for Children and Youth Justice.

Her “ceaseless advocacy helped make the appalling crime of underage human trafficking into a white-hot political issue,” declared a recent Seattle Times editorial. “She catalyzed other leaders, resulting in changes big and small.”

“Terri does not suffer fools. She was not ever going to work anyplace where her passion and values” weren’t reflected, remembered former Human Services Department director Patricia McInturff, along with other community and elected leaders in a Times obituary.

A memorial for Terri has been scheduled for 3pm on June 1, 2014, at the University of Washington Club (4020 NE Stevens Way, Seattle). In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be made in Terri Kimball’s name to YouthCare, 2500 N.E. 54th St., Seattle, WA 98105; or to Stolen Youth, P.O. Box 296, Seattle, WA 98111.