Your Old, No-Longer-Used Phones Could Help Prevent Domestic Violence (Opinion from Dianne Bentley)

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Your Old, No-Longer-Used Phones Could Help Prevent Domestic Violence (Opinion from Dianne Bentley)

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Friday, December 13, 2013 - 12:45pm

CAMPAIGN: Domestic Violence Awareness

CONTENT: Article

By Dianne Bentley

For the past year and a half, I have championed domestic violence awareness and prevention throughout the state of Alabama. I believe that healthy families are the foundation for healthy communities. While many of us are decorating our homes and excitedly planning for friends and family to visit this holiday season, some people are instead experiencing stress and anxiety during this time. Nationally, domestic violence cases decrease during the holidays. Women try to make their relationships work so they can stay home during the holiday season instead of being in a shelter. However, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, the number of domestic violence cases increases immediately following the holidays.

I discovered a program through Verizon Wireless that allows all of us to play a role in decreasing the incidence of domestic violence in our state. Through HopeLine, Verizon collects no-longer-used phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider. The phones are then refurbished or recycled and the proceeds go to support the efforts of law enforcement, advocacy groups, shelters and other non-profits across the country via refurbished phones or cash grants.

Click here to read the full story from AL.com.

Keywords: Awareness | Mobile phones | Verizon | domestic violence | recycle

CAMPAIGN: Domestic Violence Awareness

CONTENT: Article

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