Investigation Discovery's Paula Zahn Lends Support to Department of Justice's 15th...

Thu Oct 15, 2009 10:32am EDT

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Investigation Discovery's Paula Zahn Lends Support to Department of Justice's
15th Anniversary Commemoration of the Violence Against Women Act

SILVER SPRING, Md., Oct. 15, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- This year marks the 15th
anniversary of the enactment of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and Paula
Zahn, host and executive producer of Investigation Discovery's ON THE CASE WITH
PAULA ZAHN, is joining the Department of Justice's campaign to commemorate this
historic legislation. In recognition of VAWA's anniversary, DOJ's Office on
Violence Against Women has announced a year-long effort to raise public
awareness; build stronger coalitions among federal, state, local and tribal
communities; and redouble the country's efforts to end domestic and dating
violence, sexual assault and stalking against men, women and children.

To kick off support of the DOJ's commemorative initiatives, Zahn and
Investigation Discovery have produced a public service announcement promoting
the National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline at 866-331-9474 and online resources
available at LoveIsRespect.org. Investigation Discovery, America's leading
investigation network, will air Zahn's PSA on a regular schedule starting with
primetime placement following the world premiere of ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN
on Sunday, October 18 from 10-11 PM ET. Zahn will additionally support the DOJ's
Office on Violence Against Women's efforts by adding her name to a growing list
of public figures who are working to end violence against women, and showcasing
the anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act in her outreach to audiences
nationally. Throughout the year, Investigation Discovery will air Zahn's PSA
promoting the National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline and online resources,
commemorate the 15th anniversary of VAWA through the network's social and new
media outlets, and provide an opportunity for DOJ's ongoing efforts to raise
public awareness about lasting community-based solutions to ending violence
against women and children.

Fifteen years ago, the hard work of dedicated advocates throughout the nation
resulted in the Violence Against Women Act being signed into law on September
13, 1994. Without a doubt, VAWA would never have happened without the steadfast
commitment and work of countless citizens, coalitions and community partners who
worked tirelessly for this landmark legislation. VAWA recognized the severity of
domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking and provided federal funding to
help communities in their efforts to address the needs of survivors and hold
offenders accountable. The Department of Justice and its Office on Violence
Against Women are marking the 15th anniversary with a renewed sense of
dedication as they call upon communities, organizations, local and federal
government agencies and public figures to work together to end the violence, and
aid survivors.

ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN represents Paula Zahn's return to primetime
television with Investigation Discovery's first original newsmagazine. In this
new weekly series, Zahn steps away from the traditional anchor chair and into
the field to interview the pivotal figures shaping the stories covered in ON THE
CASE. Zahn weaves together the gripping details of these cases, revealing the
heart of each story. Her compelling and often exclusive interviews showcase
Zahn's dedication to seeking truth and justice. ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN's
world premiere is Sunday, October 18 from 10-11 PM ET.

About Investigation Discovery

Investigation Discovery (ID), America's leading investigation network, is the
source for fact-based investigative content about culture, history and the human
condition. Providing the highest quality investigative programming focused on
fascinating stories of human nature from the past to the present, Investigation
Discovery's in-depth documentaries and series challenge viewers on important
issues shaping our culture and defining our world. As the premier authority in
real investigations, ID is expanding partnerships with established news
organizations and production companies to bring the strongest analytic, factual
investigative and current affairs programming to over 54 million U.S.
households. For more information, please visit investigationdiscovery.com

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