Powerful Documentary on Domestic Violence Will Be Screened on Dec. 7 to Kick Off ‘It’s Time to Talk Day’; Actress and Advocate Mariska Hargitay, ‘Today’ Show Co-Host Meredith Vieira to Take Part
NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 2010 /PRNewswire/ – Actress and advocate Mariska Hargitay, of NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” will introduce and appear in a special screening of “Telling Amy’s Story,” a powerful documentary on domestic violence, on Tuesday (Dec. 7) at 7:30 p.m. at the AXA Equitable Center. Meredith Vieira, co-host of NBC’s “Today” show, will serve as presenter. A question-and-answer session with leaders and advocates in the domestic violence awareness community will follow. The event will serve as a lead-in to the Liz Claiborne seventh annual “It’s Time to Talk Day,” on Dec. 8, a national day designed to raise awareness and spark discussion about domestic violence.
Mariska Hargitay, actress and founder and president WHO: of the Joyful Heart Foundation Meredith Vieira, co-host, NBC's "Today" show Deirdri Fishel, detective, State College Pennsylvania Police Department Linda Fairstein, author and former prosecutor Kim Wells, executive director, Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence Melanie Doebler, director, Penn State Public Broadcasting Yolanda Jimenez, the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence William L. McComb, CEO, Liz Claiborne Inc. Kathryn C. Brown, senior vice president - public policy development and corporate responsibility, Verizon Jim Gerace, president - New York/Connecticut region, Verizon Martha Delehanty, senior vice president - human resources, Verizon "It's Time to Talk Day" screening of "Telling Amy's WHAT: Story;" question-and-answer session WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7 Media invited to arrive at 6:15 p.m. 6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. reception; interviews available upon request 7:30 p.m. - "Telling Amy's Story" premiere WHERE: AXA Equitable Center 787 7th Ave. New York, N.Y.
BACKGROUND: “Telling Amy’s Story,” created by Penn State Public Broadcasting and airing on public television stations throughout the country, has been used as an educational tool by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice. The Verizon Foundation awarded grants of more than $400,000 to Penn State to fund a domestic violence prevention training program for students and faculty and create the “Telling Amy’s Story” documentary and public service media project.