FOR CORPORATE AND INDIVIDUAL DONORS
With your generous donation, you will help children heal from the ravages of childhood domestic violence. Project Hope Bear will employ your donation to educate teachers, therapists, politicians, and media professionals about this scourge, and manufacture and distribute the therapeutic Hope Bear to children who need the comfort of its soothing qualities.
Childhood domestic violence (CDV) is pervasive in America but rarely discussed anywhere.
CDV, according to the Childhood Domestic Violence Association (CDV.org) and UNICEF, impacts more than 15-million American children in the United States and over 40 million adults, who experienced it as children. Now considered a global public-health crisis, CDV affects one-billion people, including 275-million children.
Many children grow up in homes 1) experiencing physical, verbal, or emotional abuse – from parents, stepparents, significant others of parents, relatives, and caregivers; 2) witnessing it between their parents or between their parents and other family members and friends; or 3) losing friends or family members to it.
A child who merely witnesses CDV, a situation too often overlooked, is a secondary victim and often suffers in silence, as if experiencing the trauma directly. Such a child can be as likely in the future as a primary victim to turn to violence.
CDV victims are six times more likely to commit suicide, 50-percent more likely to abuse drugs or alcohol, and 74-percent more likely to commit a violent crime. CDV is the single best predictor of whether children will become either perpetrators or willing victims of domestic violence later in life.
Denial, fear, and shame allow CDV to be passed on from one generation to another. As long as this is so, CDV will continue to affect generations of families.
Why should you care about CDV if it hasn’t affected your family (as far as you know)?
Simple. Untreated children eventually will become your disruptive employees. They might be the ones rioting in the street, burning down your storefront. They will be the bullies in school, harassing your children. They could marry into your family. Changes the picture, doesn’t it!
What can you do?
The first step to healing is education. But, based on randomized surveys conducted annually by the Childhood Domestic Violence Association (CDV.org), fewer than 15 percent of American adults are aware of CDV.
Widespread education, therefore, will jumpstart the learning and healing processes. Project Hope Bear leads this effort.
The second step is to help children heal by giving them Hope Bears.
Your generous donation to Project Hope Bear will help educate and heal. It will enable us to educate the masses about childhood domestic violence (CDV) and manufacture more Hope Bears — so that therapists, physicians, schools, hospitals, and police departments can distribute them to victimized children.
Please use the form below to make your donation. Thank you.
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Project Hope Bear is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) charitable organization. EIN=830570676. Your donation is tax-deductible.