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Bilingual Violence Helpline Launches January 4 in Virginia

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ALEXANDRIA, VA – On Monday, Jan. 4, 2020, victims of violence and injustice who live in Virginia and speak Spanish will have a new ally. That day, the Latinos in Virginia Empowerment Center (LVEC), based in North Chesterfield, will launch a hotline for those in need of assistance.

The service will be free, confidential, and available 24/7. Help can be reached anywhere in Virginia  by calling (888) 969-1825.

“This hotline will be the first of its kind in the state that can guarantee services are delivered by bilingual, bicultural, and trained advocates,” said Monica Jimenez, Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator for LVEC.

Through this initiative, LVEC strives to ensure that victims of violence who speak Spanish and seek emergency services do not hear the phrase, “I’m sorry, I don’t speak Spanish.”

To learn more about the nonprofit LVEC and their mission, visit www.latinosenvirginia.org or their Facebook page. They also welcome calls to their office at (804) 658-3341 and emails to [email protected]

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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