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The Athens nonprofit Project Safe launched a new texting hotline for teens during its Stomp Out Domestic Violence fundraiser on Sunday.

“Young women ages 16–24 experience intimate partner violence at rates three times the national average,” Project Safe Executive Director Joan Prittie says.  “We created the texting line to make it easier for people to access information, resources and help.â€

The Breaking Silence initiative allows teens to text 706-765-8019 to ask questions or report that they’re victims of domestic violence. They can also email for information, resources and access to services, like Breaking Silence at and follow Breaking Silence at For more information on the program, visit