On The Air

Jun 30, 2010

“Telling Amy’s Story,” a powerful documentary on domestic violence, is airing on public television stations around the country this month. The documentary chronicles the time leading up to the death of Amy Homan McGee, a mother of two who was shot and killed by her husband in 2001.

Amy’s story is told in large part by Detective Deirdri Fishel, who is a member of a unit in the State College, Pennsylvania Police Department that focuses on a coordinated response to reports of domestic abuse, including reviews of domestic homicides to identify clues that were missed and steps that can be taken to prevent other homicides.

“Telling Amy’s Story” builds on a successful domestic violence prevention program at Pennsylvania State University. Through the program, Penn State has trained employees and students at university campuses to spot the signs of domestic violence and provide assistance to those in need. The training program and the documentary were funded through Verizon Foundation grants in the amount of $385,000.

Mariska Hargitay of NBC-TV’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and founder of the Joyful Heart Foundation, introduces the documentary. The film premiered last month in Washington, D.C.

“Raising awareness of domestic violence and aiding in its prevention is a key issue for Verizon,” said Patrick Gaston, Verizon Foundation president. “Verizon is proud to partner with Penn State University and all of our partners to bring this important story and its lessons to a wider audience and to hopefully save lives.” In the past three years, the Verizon Foundation has awarded more than $15 million to nonprofit organizations that assist domestic violence survivors.

Check local listings to confirm air times for the documentary. A list of stations and times is available online. If “Telling Amy’s Story” isn’t available in your area, call your public television station and ask them to run it. The documentary will also be available with Spanish-language subtitles and captioning for the hearing impaired.

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