“Let’s put a stop to domestic violence and bullying,” tweeted gospel luminary Donald Lawrence, who is headed to New York City for “A Day to Connect, Inspire and Heal”—a  summit hosted by Verizon, intended to open a national dialogue about domestic violence and explore solutions.

On Thursday, Feb. 21, the GRAMMY®-winning recording artist, producer and composer, who hosts Verizon’s “How Sweet the Sound” nationwide tours, will be joining approximately 300 leaders from domestic violence prevention organizations across the country.

The will gather to explore current issues and highlight positive and healing solutions.

Luv connecting with affluent, articulate, academic professionals!” said Lawrence, who is inspired by interactions with movers and shakers, using their influence to benefit an important cause.

Statistics show that more than 1 in 4 women, 1 in 7 men, and 3 million children are affected by domestic violence in America annually. Despite its prevalence, victims continue to suffer in silence, shame and isolation.

The summit will delve into several issues: connecting with the healthcare community; exploring the role of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); engaging men and boys as part of the solution; discussing ways teens can prevent youth dating violence and using social media and mobile technologies to educate the public and help those in need.

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