Verizon Wireless, Rural/Metro Medical Services and Alternatives for Battered Women have teamed up to collect old cell phones, batteries and accessories to keep victims of domestic violence connected. That's the idea behind the HopeLine Program.
Verizon will take those old phones and recycle them. The money generated will go to buy new phones with 3,000 minutes of voice and text services. Those phone will then be donated to domestic violence survivors in our area.
HopeLine also gives grants to help educate and support agencies that are working with survivors.
"In this day in age we have technology that makes our lives easier, but it also makes it easier to be tracked. So if you're in an abusive relationship, your abuser can track you through GPS," said Jamie Saunders, from Alternatives for Battered Women. "HopeLine provide an alternative- a phone that is safe, a phone that is directly for the victims of domestic violence."
ABW says that one in four women and one in seven men will be victims of domestic violence in their lifetimes.