News Release

As Holidays Arrive, St. Louis Family Justice Center And Verizon Wireless Team Up To Combat Domestic Violence

New Outreach Campaign on Metro Buses Targets Domestic Violence Victims and Their Families

December 11, 2006

Cheryl Bini
Cheryl.Bini@VerizonWireless.com
314-920-4922Paul Zemitzsch
314-725-5645

ST. LOUIS, MO — As most of us ring in the holidays, families experiencing domestic violence brace themselves for the added pressure of the season. Fortunately, the St. Louis Family Justice Center and Verizon Wireless have teamed up to provide safety for these families during this holiday season.

Verizon Wireless has donated $2,500 to the Family Justice Center for the purchase of advertising on side panels of five Metro buses. The campaign will urge victims of domestic violence to seek help. The ads, created by St. Louis graphic artist Laura Messing, will be displayed through mid-January 2007.

"The holidays are an extremely stressful time for families facing domestic violence," said Mary Burns for the Family Justice Center. "Tensions over money, family issues, overindulgence and a variety of other combustible factors make this season far less than merry for many victims. Unfortunately, many women choose to take the abuse rather than to disrupt the family during the holiday season."

Verizon Wireless, working with the Family Justice Center and many local domestic violence organizations, has underwritten the entire cost of the advertising campaign. "We are deeply committed to doing our part to help the Family Justice Center and the domestic violence organizations with which it partners to get victims to safety," said Mark Crumpton, president—Kansas/Missouri Region, Verizon Wireless. "A critical part of that effort is to show victims where to go for help and to provide additional assistance."

Burns said the outreach campaign on Metro buses is a key component to the effort because it tells victims how to get help "at the street and the neighborhood level."

The Family Justice Center, which opened in 2005, provides a one-stop resource for women and families seeking an escape from domestic violence and abuse. The U.S. Justice Department's Office of Violence Against Women picked the city of St. Louis as one of 15 justice centers for women and families throughout the country. The FJC opened with a $1.4 million grant from the Justice Department.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 57 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 60,000 employees nationwide. The company 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.

About Family Justice Center
The St. Louis Family Justice Center is a community collaborative providing coordinated, centralized resources and services in s safe, accessible setting that promotes the healing of people who experience violence in their relationships or families. The FJC and its partner organizations provide a gateway to safety, healing and self-reliance for victims of domestic violence by applying a comprehensive delivery system for the needs of victims that is inclusive and multi-cultural.

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