News Release

During Women's History Month, Verizon Wireless Asks People In Indiana To Help Restore Hope To Women

Company Supports Domestic Violence Awareness Efforts Through Its HopeLine Program

March 12, 2006

Michelle Gilbert
Michelle.Gilbert@VerizonWireless.com
248-915-3680Shannon King
sking@bjmpr.com  
317-631-6400

INDIANAPOLIS, IL — Many studies have found that one in three women will be abused in her lifetime. This year, during Women's History Month, Verizon Wireless encourages people to remember an issue that affects women and touches all of us every day - domestic violence - and talk about ways to help these women fulfill the theme of this year's celebration: "Women: Builders of Communities and Dreams."

"In a month dedicated to honoring women, it is a perfect time to talk about one of the most serious issues women face and the ways these women find possibilities and hope in the face of what sometimes seems impossible challenges," said Greg Haller, president-Indiana/Michigan/Kentucky Region, Verizon Wireless. "After more than 10 years of focusing our community service efforts on domestic violence, Verizon Wireless remains more committed than ever to the cause. And the good news is we believe this commitment is shared by the men and women in Indiana and around the country."

Verizon Wireless' commitment to fighting domestic violence began in 1995 when the company - then Bell Atlantic Mobile - introduced its HopeLine® program as a way to make a difference in the areas of domestic violence awareness, prevention and victim recovery. The program originally donated voice mailboxes and emergency wireless phone service to victims of domestic violence. In 2001, HopeLine started a new chapter by encouraging the public to rebuild its shared community by incorporating wireless phone recycling into the program. Recycled wireless phones from any wireless provider today are collected at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country including 16 across Indiana and the proceeds benefit domestic violence organizations such as Coburn Place Safe Haven and Family Service of Central Indiana, Inc.

In 2005, through HopeLine, Verizon Wireless donated $5,000 and 40 wireless phones to Coburn Place Safe Haven. In addition, Family Service of Central Indiana, Inc. received 12 phones for use in its domestic violence programs.

By the end of 2005, consumers had donated more than 2.5 million phones to HopeLine and more than 500,000 phones have been recycled. Verizon Wireless has distributed nearly $2 million in cash grants to domestic violence prevention and awareness programs across the country.

In October 2002, HopeLine gave domestic violence victims a direct connection to organizations that can assist them in rebuilding shattered dreams with the introduction of #HOPE. By dialing #HOPE from any Verizon Wireless phone nationwide, victims of domestic violence are directly routed to the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-SAFE) and are able to access professional help quickly and confidentially.

For more information on HopeLine, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

About Verizon Wireless
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