(October 2009 – Chicago, IL) – To raise awareness of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October) former New York District Attorney and County Court Judge Jeanine Pirro, will use her one hour daily court program, “Judge Jeanine Pirro,” as a national platform to educate her viewers and bring attention to the crisis. Judge Pirro, who was recently named to the celebrity board of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, started one of the first domestic crime units in the country and is one of our advocates for victims. Beginning on October 8th and continuing every Thursday for the entire month, the program will air a series of public service announcements in partnership with the Domestic Violence Hotline. Twenty-five domestic violence victims participated in the taping, which took place in Judge Pirro’s Chicago courtroom. The culmination of this effort will be a one-hour special episode airing on October 29th, dedicated entirely to domestic violence cases, with an audience comprised of domestic violence victims. The episode will also feature a special “Pirro’s Principle” in which the Judge uses her professional experience and expertise to directly address the issue. “October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Unless you or someone you love has been affected, you may think it's only an issue for police, courts and the people involved,” said Judge Pirro. “But one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, and I plan to use my show not only to bring attention to the issue, but to make people accountable.” Pirro, who was Westchester County’s first female District Attorney, has been a leader in advocating for crime victims and protecting society’s most vulnerable. During her years in law enforcement, Pirro established specialized bureaus to investigate and prosecute crimes including domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, and sex offenses – and these units assisted more than 30,000 victims. In addition, Pirro created the Victims Justice Center, which not only provided centralized support and other services to crime victims, but also offered victims on-site therapy. Furthermore, in 1996, Pirro was appointed by then New York Governor George Pataki to chair the Commission on Domestic Violence Fatalities Review Board. Judge Jeanine Pirro brings her direct, no-nonsense attitude and compassionate approach to a myriad of cases, including domestic abuse, on her one-hour daily court show, produced by Telepictures Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Viewers go behind the scenes into the judge’s chambers, where Pirro counsels the litigants. And in the special feature, “Pirro’s Principles,” she offers insights about the law and brings relevance and topicality to the show by citing current legal cases in the news. Fans of “Judge Jeanine Pirro” can take away an uplifting message of fairness for all, as Pirro demonstrates daily how her life experience informs her passionate, personal interest in every case she judges. About “Judge Jeanine Pirro” "Judge Jeanine Pirro" is produced by Telepictures Productions and originates from Chicago. The series, returning for its second season, is now syndicated.
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