The National Domestic Violence Hotline has announced that Tanya Young Williams, author, a legal consultant and inspirational speaker as a new celebrity spokesperson. In October 2010, Tanya launched her first domestic violence awareness tour at the Cross Roads Theatre in New Brunswick New Jersey. She will continue her domestic violence awareness tour titled “By Invitation Only…For All V.I.P.s” and share with her audiences the services and resources of the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
Williams is currently in production to star in an upcoming series and will use her high profile to help The Hotline raise national awareness about the 2.3 million people who have been helped by The Hotline. Tanya has chosen the Hotline as her primary charity to support through her business initiatives, speaking engagements and television appearances.
“Having been a victim of domestic violence, I am honored to help spread the message of the life-saving services the National Domestic Violence Hotline offers to people all over this country, “ said Tanya Young Williams. “The Hotline has helped millions of domestic violence victims find help and hope and go from being a victim to a survivor.”
Williams was thrust into the public spotlight when her estranged husband, former NBA All-Star, Jayson Williams, was tried for the fatal shooting of his limo driver in 2002.
Her numerous television appearances brought the attention of the networks and as a result she is often called upon to speak about celebrity troubles, domestic violence, dealing with traumatic events and family matters. Nationally, Williams has appeared on 20/20 with Barbara Walters, Good Morning America, The Early Show, ESPN, The Mike Huckabee Show, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Court TV and TMZ.
Her advocacy of regaining your personal power extends to all audiences. The New Jersey Regional Council of the National Women’s History Museum also recently named Williams an Honorable Woman of New Jersey.
“The Hotline is honored to have an inspirational speaker such as Tanya Young Williams join the cause and help raise awareness about domestic violence,” said Dyanne Purcell, CEO of The National Domestic Violence Hotline. “The Hotline is open 24-hours a day, every day, with assistance in 170 languages. 1-800-799-SAFE is a life-line for women, men, children and families in danger and offers victims the resources they need to live a life free from violence.”
Williams has also created a unique support initiative called TRY Women’s Inspirational Number (W.I.N.) W.I.N is a call-in number where callers will hear a powerful word of inspiration from Tanya Young Williams. The daily inspirational message, ranging from 30 seconds to two minutes is available at (443) TRY-WIN0. After the inspirational message, callers are invited to blog and share their experiences at www.TanyaYoungWilliams.com.
The Hotline receives about 23,500 calls each month. Williams will help increase awareness that help is available, and this awareness offers opportunities to let more people know that domestic violence can and must be stopped.
(source: The Hotline)