This is a guest post from David L. Nicholson, who is proud to be a lifelong resident of Louisville Metro Jefferson County, KY. He was elected Jefferson Circuit Court Clerk in 2006 and re-elected to a second six-year term in 2012. Prior to his election, he served as executive director of the Louisville Metro Criminal Justice Commission.
When Verizon Wireless invited the Jefferson County Office of the Circuit Court Clerk to participate in the company's HopeLine phone drive, we enthusiastically jumped on board.
Our office has long been an advocate and supporter of programs to increase awareness about the issue of domestic violence and to help victims in our community and around the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
In 2009, the Office of the Circuit Court Clerk partnered with the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to open our nationally recognized Domestic Violence Intake Center.
It offers victims of domestic violence all the necessary services in one central location, and this center has become a model of success for other communities across the country. The Domestic Violence Intake Center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to assist victims of domestic violence.
The Domestic Violence Intake Center is located in the Louis D. Brandeis Hall of Justice, at 600 West Jefferson in downtown Louisville, KY. Foremost, it offers a secure and private location in which victims can report domestic violence. The Domestic Violence Intake Center provides service to approximately 5,000 victims per year.
As you know, domestic violence has no economic or educational boundaries and is defined in many ways, not just by extreme violence. Domestic violence can occur to men, women, children and the elderly.
Locally, domestic violence is one of our largest caseloads in the courts and is the focus of law enforcement efforts.
We must remain vigilant in our efforts to prevent domestic violence, and the HopeLine program is part of that effort. We are pleased to support this worthwhile project.
You may drop off your old cell phones, smartphones, cases, chargers and other wireless phone accessories at our Administrative Office, Suite 2008 in the Hall of Justice, or our six Driver’s License Branches across Jefferson County during business hours.
Nearly all of us have an old cell phone or accessory taking up space in a drawer or box at home, so join our efforts and donate it for HopeLine during October!
In addition to the seven Verizon HopeLine drop off locations Nicholson mentions above, KCW Statewide HopeLine Drive collection boxes are placed in state government offices across the Commonwealth. You can also donate your no longer used devices at a Verizon Wireless store near you.
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