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Cell Phones for Domestic Violence Victims

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Local News, News.
October 6, 2011

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Oklahoma is raising awareness about domestic violence in the month of October with the help of Verizon Wireless.

Verizon Wireless is stepping up its “HopeLine Campaign” asking for old cell phone equipment to be donated for use by victims of domestic violence.

External Affairs VP David Russell says a cellular phone provides a connection to the outside world for those trapped in shelters.

“It’s such an important lifeline for victims who are fleeing their abusers to be able to reestablish their life, economically, finding a job, finding a new place to live, and open a bank account.”

Verizon is also donating $10,000 to help with domestic violence awareness activities across the state during October.

Oklahoma ranks 11th in the nation with more than 25,000 domestic violence calls to police and 75 deaths last year.

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