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Voices of Hope starts Shop to Stop Family Violence Campaign

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Posted by: Abigail Wood

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Ten Thousand Villages is one of many locally-owned stores joining the 22nd-annual Shop to Stop Family Violence Campaign this week, raising awareness of domestic abuse right here in the capital city. The non-profit sells the work of artists from around the world, many of whom suffer from the sort of abuse Voices of Hope fights.

"There's just quite a connection between those two," said Gabby Ayala with Ten Thousand Villages. "It's great to help people right here in Lincoln, and also while you're shopping here you're helping women all over the world."

Twenty stores, ranging from consignment, to book stores, to tattoo parlors, will be donating two percent of their proceeds this week to Voices of Hope.

"I think to be able to make a difference donating some of what we make here is awesome," said Cody Schnieder, who owns Scarlet Raven Tattoo in Lincoln. 

He says it's the responsibility of each individual to recognize the abuse in our own back yard, and find ways to fight against it. Voices of Hope provides help to victims of sexual assault, stalking, harassment, domestic violence, and more.

"Our philosophy is really to empower them," said Patsy Martin with Voices of Hope. "We see they are people who have had power taken away from them in one way or the other, either through emotional or verbal abuse, physical abuse, sexual assault, and we give it right back to them when they walk in the door."

They want to stress that this is a local issue. Their crisis line answers 8,000 calls every year, and the organization sees 2,000 adult victims and 500 children.

Here's a list of participating stores:

Abesque Variations Boutique, Book & Basket Case, Finer Things Consignment, Gomez Art Supply, Home & Closet, Indigo Bridge Books, Meier’s Cork ‘N Bottle, OMT!, Paint Yourself Silly, Pebbles & Pearls, Rachel’s Boutique, Scarlet Raven Tattoo, Stella Collective, Stem Gallery, Ten Thousand Villages, The Black Market, The Mill, The Funky Sister, Tsuru, and Uniform Connection.
Business sponsors for this year’s campaign include: Advocate Sponsors: CHI - St. Elizabeth and Brester Construction; Provider Sponsors BryanHealth and studio951; Friend Sponsors: Union Bank & Trust, and SolutionOne; and Supporting Sponsor: Firespring.

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