ST. LOUIS, MO — Legal Advocates for Abused Women (LAAW), a local domestic violence organization in the greater St. Louis area that provides crisis intervention & support, legal information & advocacy, safety planning, and legal & social service referrals for victims of abuse, has received a $16,080 grant from Verizon Wireless. The funding will be used to review, update, revise and print approximately 10,000 copies of the O.P. Booklet: A Step by Step Guide through the Adult and Child Order of Protection Process in English and Spanish and print 600 one-page inserts with legislative updates for the booklets translated into Bosnian and Mandarin.
An Order of Protection is a civil court order intended to protect a victim from further abuse by providing criminal penalties if the order is violated. The Order is a vital step to breaking the cycle of violence and can order the abuser out of a shared home, order the abuser to have no contact at all with the victim, award custody, child support and visitation, and address other issues to prevent further abuse. Unfortunately, many victims of abuse are unaware that they can get help through an Order of Protection under Missouri's Adult Abuse Law, and/or are not aware of all that an Order can do. The difficulties are compounded when a victim does not have the resources to retain a private attorney and/or does not speak English.
“We are proud to support LAAW and their ongoing commitment to helping victims of domestic abuse,” said Rachael Guillory, East retail director, Verizon Wireless. “The O.P. Booklet provides fundamental information and reflects Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program which gives victims of domestic abuse a voice.”
“This grant from Verizon Wireless will expand the availability of the O.P. Booklet, targeting battered women and their children who are poor and underserved - non-English speaking, minorities, both rural and inner-city residents,” said Christine K. Hustedde, Executive Director of LAAW.
The O.P. Booklet, currently written in English and translated into Spanish, Mandarin and Bosnian will be updated per legislative changes to the Missouri Adult Abuse Law, printed and distributed throughout LAAW's seven county area. The O.P. Booklet will also be available for viewing and downloading in PDF form from LAAW's website (www.laawstl.org).
HopeLine from Verizon puts the nation’s most reliable wireless network to work in the community by turning no-longer-used wireless phones into support for victims and survivors of domestic violence. Proceeds from the HopeLine program are used to provide wireless phones and airtime to victims of domestic violence and cash grants to local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention. Since the launch of the HopeLine phone recycling program in 2001, this initiative has collected more than 7 million phones, given out more than $7.9 million in cash grants and distributed more than 90,000 phones with more than 300 million minutes of free wireless service.
For more information about HopeLine from Verizon visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline. If you or someone you know is a domestic violence victim call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 to talk to a counselor. All calls to the National Domestic Violence Hotline are confidential.
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