A public service announcement designed to draw attention to children affected by domestic violence will begin running at Buffalo Sabres home games.
The 30-second announcement, which features Sabres forward Andrew Peters and his wife, Erin, was produced by the Family Justice Center of Erie County in partnership with the local Child Advocacy Center.
It was funded by the Buffalo Sabres Foundation and the John R. Oishei Foundation and should begin playing on the HSBC Arena Jumbotron in a week or so, according to agency officials.
Linda Ray, executive director of the Family Justice Center, said Monday that she hopes to persuade local broadcast and cable television stations to begin running the announcement titled "Children Who See Too Much."
The announcement urges families with children who witness domestic violence to contact the Justice Center for help by calling 558-SAFE.
Ray and Bonnie Glazer, executive director of the Child Advocacy Center, said that while the victim-parent is getting help at the center, children ages 3 to 13 will be treated by a full-time counselor under the three-year grant from the hockey club and the Oishei Foundation.
Glazer said children who witness domestic violence in their homes often exhibit a wide range of social and emotional problems, becoming extremely anxious and possibly suffering from depression.
Ray said the Sabres Foundation has donated $50,000 and the Oishei Foundation has donated $440,000, with some of the Oishei money funding other center services.