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Governor McDonnell Releases New Public Service Announcement to Build Awareness of Domestic Violence


Location: Richmond, VA

Governor Bob McDonnell has released a new video to encourage citizens to speak out against domestic violence in their communities.

The 60-second video, "Stop the Silence, Stop the Violence," featuring Governor McDonnell, was spearheaded by the Office of The Secretary of Public Safety with assistance from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. In this video, the Governor urges victims of domestic violence to reach out to others in their community for help. The phone number to the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence 24-hour hotline, 1-800-838-8238, is provided at the end of the video.

"The signs of domestic violence are all too often ignored or overlooked," said Governor McDonnell. "Over my two decades in public service, as an assistant Commonwealth's attorney, delegate, Attorney General and now as Governor, I have worked to protect victims of domestic violence and ensure that the offenders are brought to justice. Crimes of domestic violence are all too often committed behind closed doors and victims suffer alone. These victims need to know that they have a voice and assistance is available to them. We want people to recognize the signs of domestic abuse and aid victims in ending the cycle of violence. These crimes affect all segments of our society, and as long as instances of these acts of violence exist, we must raise awareness and continue the fight against these horrific crimes. This PSA will remind Virginians that every human life is valuable and deserves to be treated with respect and dignity; and that we are all committed to ensuring that our communities are safe."

Virginia Public Safety agencies will participate in the campaign to build awareness about domestic violence. "Stop the Silence, Stop the Violence" is available at and can also be accessed from the websites of the Governor, Secretary of Public Safety and Virginia ABC.

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