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Alabamians Urged To Donate Old Cell Phones To Help Local Victims Of Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month; Verizon Wireless' HopeLine(R); Phone Donation Program Critical Lifeline to Alabamians in Abuse Crisis

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October 12, 2008

Caran Smith
Caran.Smith@verizonwireless.com
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BIRMINGHAM, AL — The state of Alabama is currently ranked 12th in the nation for domestic violence assault cases. In efforts to change this staggering statistic and in recognition of October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Verizon Wireless is continuing its efforts to help victims of domestic violence in Alabama through the company's HopeLine® program. This program encourages residents to donate their no-longer-used cellphones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider to Verizon Wireless retail locations statewide.

Throughout October, Verizon Wireless will be joining several organizations throughout Alabama to support their domestic violence efforts. The company will also be collecting no-longer-used phones throughout the state through HopeLine drives being held in Auburn on Oct. 15 at Auburn University's Haley Center Concourse, in Tuscaloosa on Oct. 22 at The University of Alabama's candlelight vigil recognizing and remembering victims and survivors of domestic violence and in Birmingham on Oct. 30 at the Birmingham Police Department Domestic Violence Unit's Annual Prayer Breakfast.

Verizon Wireless is a recognized corporate leader in the ongoing domestic violence awareness campaign. Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program turns unused wireless phones into support for victims of domestic violence. Phones are refurbished or recycled, and funds are used to purchase new wireless phones with airtime for victims or used to fund prevention and awareness programs.

"Last year, Alabamians donated nearly 10,000 phones for HopeLine, which equals thousands of minutes of freedom for domestic violence victims right here in Alabama," said Jeff Mango, President of the GA/AL region for Verizon Wireless. "We are asking all Alabamians to dig through their junk drawers and donate no longer used wireless phones to assist victims of domestic violence. Wireless phones and technology can serve as a vital link to emergency or support services in a time of crisis or as a reliable, safe connection to employers, family and friends as survivors rebuild their lives."

For more than a decade, Verizon Wireless has been committed to raising awareness of domestic violence and working to prevent it. Verizon Wireless collected its first used wireless phone through HopeLine in 2001and recently passed the 5 million phones collected mark. HopeLine has provided wireless phones with the equivalent of 180 million minutes of service and cash grants totaling more than $5 million to local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness. Verizon Wireless has worked with the following organizations, among many others, to execute HopeLine phone drives: The University of Alabama, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Auburn University, Birmingham Southern College, Synovus Mortgage Corp., The Junior League of Birmingham, Delta Sigma Pi Fraternity and Alpha Chi Omega Sorority.

In times of danger, Verizon Wireless encourages any victim or anyone looking for information on the issue to dial #HOPE (#4673) from any Verizon Wireless phone. Callers will be instantly connected to the National Domestic Violence Hotline for professional and confidential help. The call is toll and airtime free. The Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and can provide its services in more than 140 languages.

A few facts about domestic violence:

  • Alabama ranks third in the rate of women murdered by men according to the Violence Policy Center.
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women in the United States - more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
  • The costs to U.S. businesses of intimate partner violence exceed $5.8 billion each year in absenteeism, lower productivity, turnover and safety costs - $4.1 billion of which is for direct medical and mental health care services.
  • Domestic violence claims at least eight million workdays each year, or the equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs.

Wireless phones and equipment can be donated to the HopeLine program year-round at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store across the country. For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

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