News Release

Verizon Wireless Donates 30 Phones To Suffolk County, Massachusetts Domestic Violence Program

Wireless Phones To Support District Attorney's Efforts to Curb Domestic Violence; Community Members Can Support Those in Need by Recycling Phones

March 22, 2004

J. Abra Degbor
JAbra.Degbor@VerizonWireless.com
781-481-1314

WOBURN, MA — Verizon Wireless has donated 30 wireless phones to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office of Boston, which serves Boston, Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop. District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and his team maintain an active community assistance program in Suffolk County to support and assist victims of domestic violence to secure restraining orders or criminal complaints against abusers.

Verizon Wireless' national HopeLineSM program distributes wireless phones to victims of domestic violence, supports non-profit domestic violence prevention groups and provides an environmentally friendly method for recycling handsets. At the center of HopeLine is a phone-recycling program. Verizon Wireless' 1,200 stores throughout the nation serve as drop-off locations for wireless phones (any brand, any carrier) that are no longer in use. Phones collected through HopeLine are refurbished for donation to victims, recycled or sold. Proceeds are then used to benefit non-profit domestic violence prevention organizations through the purchase of wireless phones and/or monetary grants.

While Verizon Wireless invests in the HopeLine program alongside shelters, advocates and program members, community residents can also get involved by recycling no longer used wireless phones to the HopeLine program.

"Everyone should feel safe as they go about their daily lives," said DA Conley. "Unfortunately, victims of domestic violence often live in constant fear-and when in crisis or in need of emergency services, a wireless phone can become the lifeline necessary to reach immediate help or support. Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program gives victims a valuable tool to reach safety when it is needed most."

The Suffolk County District Attorney's Office is the largest and busiest District Attorney's office in New England, handling 50,000 criminal cases each year. The Office also offers a wide range of additional services and programs for victims and witnesses of crime, including those contending with the real social epidemic of domestic violence. The Assistant District Attorneys and Victim Witness Advocates in Suffolk County are specially trained to prosecute offenders and address the needs of victims in a sensitive manner. The Suffolk County District Attorney's Office works with domestic violence shelters, police, and agencies throughout the area to support victims at risk.

Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program also makes financial grants to regional and national domestic violence organizations, such as the Family Violence Prevention Fund, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and other community interest groups. As a result of HopeLine and related phone recycling programs Verizon Wireless has collected more than one million used wireless phones and has distributed more than $3.7 million in contributions, donations and services for the benefit of domestic violence victims and advocacy groups.

"HopeLine was created to assist domestic violence programs that serve our communities," said Bob Stott, president of the New England Region for Verizon Wireless. "We will continue to support local community outreach programs that provide positive networks and resources to support victims of domestic violence and curb this widespread problem."

About Verizon Wireless
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Boston, MA
617-266-9000

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Boston, MA
617-946-0500

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