(May 25, 2010 - Chicago, IL and Austin, TX) - Emmy® nominated Judge Jeanine Pirro is teaming up with the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) to launch an educational initiative about domestic violence prevention through her one-hour daily syndicated court program, "Judge Pirro." Pirro's goal is to bring more attention to this nationwide crisis in conjunction with the NDVH, the national non-profit organization that provides crisis intervention, information and referral to victims of domestic violence, perpetrators, friends and families. The Hotline has received more than two million calls from abused women and families in crisis over the past 15 years. In the upcoming 2010/2011 season, Judge Pirro will incorporate safety tips and action plans and provide resources within the show as well as on the show's website, judgejp.com. In order to aid in the eradication of domestic violence, "Judge Pirro" will raise awareness about what constitutes emotional, physical and sexual abuse and will work to provide numerous resources that are available to those who may be in unhealthy relationships. In November 2009, "Judge Pirro" produced an entire episode focused on the domestic violence issue and provided the NDVH toll free number on the show. As a result, the Hotline saw a 25% increase in call volume. Both the show and the NDVH see this partnership as a natural fit for their shared goals. “I know true justice will not be done until we understand that our obligation doesn’t end with punishing the abuser. We must also reach out to heal the victims,” said Judge Jeanine Pirro. “When I started as a prosecutor, a man could shoot, stab, beat or brutalize his wife with no consequences. A woman could not charge her husband with rape. These were not considered crimes. There was a flawed notion that violence and rape in the home were beyond the reach of the law, protected by a family’s right to privacy.” Pirro continued, “The public has to be educated about domestic violence. Every time a victim is ignored, or a criminal goes unpunished, or violence is excused, our society erodes further. It becomes harder, meaner, and more violent. Without redress, victims become despairing and embittered; often they exact their price by victimizing others. We all understand the cycle of violence.” “We are honored to partner with Judge Pirro and raise awareness about domestic violence because education is the key to preventing family violence,” said Dyanne Purcell, CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. “Parents, friends and family members need to be aware of the warning signs of an abusive relationship and know where to turn for resources before the violence escalates.” Judge Jeanine Pirro was the first female County Court Judge, elected in 1990, and Westchester's first female District Attorney, in 1993. Throughout her political and legal career, Pirro crusaded to change laws in order to protect women and children. From successfully starting the first domestic violence unit in the nation to tenaciously fighting for a level playing field for women, children and the disenfranchised, Judge Pirro has used her insight, education, and professional experience to make a difference in the lives of many. Pirro is constantly called upon to be a legal commentator and guest host on national cable and broadcast news outlets because of her profound insight of topical news stories that grip the nation every day. Judge Pirro is an active member of the National Domestic Violence Hotline Celebrity Board and is joined by actress Salma Hayek and singer Martina McBride. About “Judge Pirro” "Judge Pirro" (syndicated, check local listings) is produced by Telepictures Productions and originates from Chicago. About The National Domestic Violence Hotline The National Domestic Violence Hotline, headquartered in Austin, Texas, provides anonymous and confidential life-saving support, crisis intervention, safety planning, information and referrals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year through a toll-free confidential call center which operates in 170 languages through interpreter services. Additional information may be obtained at www.ndvh.org or by calling 1-800-799-7233.
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