Verizon Foundation Awards $20,000 for Prevention


Contact: Dr. Theresa Beachy (formerly Harrison), Executive Director, Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network, 352-377-5690


November 13, 2012


Local Domestic Violence Center Receives Verizon Foundation Award

Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network will enhance Violence Prevention efforts with foundation donation


GAINESVILLE- Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network, Inc. has been awarded $20,000 from the Verizon Foundation to enhance Violence Prevention efforts within our community.   The Verizon Foundation supports the prevention of domestic violence by investing in programs that provide education, prevention, victim relief, and empowerment resources. The current Foundation donation will provide much needed support for prevention programs which recently completed a 10 year pilot from the Centers for Disease Control.  Verizon’s support will allow for continued program delivery to youth, and enhance the Center’s ability to distribute social marketing materials, evaluate curriculum, and measure student outcomes for changes in knowledge, attitude, beliefs, and behaviors in regards to healthy relationships.


Verizon commented, “Peaceful Paths has long-served the Gainesville area with critical services to help prevent domestic violence and to care for those who have been hurt,” said Pam Tope, Florida region president of Verizon Wireless.  “We’re proud to be an ongoing supporter of the organization and its important efforts.”  A check presentation will take place at the agency’s Annual Meeting and Trustees dinner on January 28, 2013.


“We were very happy to receive the Verizon support at this critical time,” stated Dr. Theresa Beachy, Executive Director.  “ Our Violence Prevention Program, which is supported in part by United Way and the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, recently completed a decade-long funding cycle with the Centers for Disease Control DELTA project, and this grant will ensure the continuation of that venture. “  Peaceful Paths provides prevention programming in Alachua and Bradford Counties to over 20 locations serving youth, including schools, after school programs, alternative education centers, and programs for at-risk youth.  Since January 2012, two full time staff and 5 interns have conducted 155 sessions with 3,195 youth in our community.


The Peaceful Paths mission:

We promote relationships free of violence and control by providing a safe place to receive intervention, advocacy, and education services using prevention strategies and community partnerships.


For more information on the agency or this generous donation, please contact Dr. Theresa Beachy  at 352-377-5690  or visit us on the web at

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