News Release

It's Time 2 TLK About Domestic Violence

Verizon Wireless Sponsors Text Poll as Part of Liz Claiborne and Marie Claire Magazine's It's Time to Talk Day

October 6, 2005

Debra Lewis
Debra.Lewis@VerizonWireless.com
908-306-7844

BEDMINSTER, NJ — Many studies have found that nearly one in three women will be abused in her lifetime, however, the subject of domestic violence is rarely discussed. Verizon Wireless, Liz Claiborne Inc. and Marie Claire magazine have joined forces to help change that during Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October.

From October 7th through October 26th, wireless users* with phones capable of text messaging can use their wireless phones to help raise awareness of domestic violence by taking part in a text poll aimed to find out how many people know someone who is a victim or perpetrator of domestic violence. To participate, text 'TALK' to 'ENDDV' (or 36338) from a text messaging-capable phone. Texters will then receive the question "Do you know anyone who has been a victim or a perpetrator of domestic violence?" and will be asked to text a response of either (V) for victim, (P) for perpetrator, (N) for neither, or (B) for both. Standard text messaging rates apply, and Verizon Wireless and Liz Claiborne will announce the results of the poll at the end of October.

The Verizon Wireless TXT poll is part of Liz Claiborne and Marie Claire's Its Time to Talk Day on October 11th, a day designed to get all Americans talking about domestic violence. Around the country, media personalities, government officials, domestic violence advocates, businesses and the public-at-large will be taking a moment - or more - to talk openly about the issue of domestic violence. More information about It's Time to Talk Day activities and how individuals, companies, organizations and schools can get involved can be found at www.loveisnotabuse.com.  

Verizon Wireless is a recognized corporate leader in the area of domestic violence prevention. The company works to prevent domestic violence and raise awareness of the issue through the company's HopeLine® program. HopeLine, currently in its 10th year, collects wireless phones and accessories from any wireless service provider, and then refurbishes the phones or recycles them in an environmentally friendly way. Proceeds from the HopeLine program benefit victims of domestic violence and non-profit advocacy agencies, providing essential communication tools of wireless phones and wireless services, and financial grants.

For more information on Verizon Wireless's HopeLine program or how to donate a wireless phone, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

Since 1991 Liz Claiborne Inc has been working to end domestic violence. Through its Love Is Not Abuse Program, the company provides information and tools that men, women, children, teens and corporate executives can use to learn more about the issue and find out how they can help end this epidemic. http://www.loveisnotabuse.com.  

* Wireless customers should check with their carrier to see if they are participating in the text poll.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 47.4 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

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