October 14, 1999-CRANSTON, RI-
Bell Atlantic Mobile and
Motorola today announced a statewide initiative to provide 100 wireless
phones to the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV)
enabling victims of domestic violence to instantly dial 9-1-1 and receive
emergency police or medical assistance 24 hours a day.
The donation made at the Cranston Police training facility, is part
of Bell Atlantic Mobile's ongoing corporate-wide effort in the fight
against domestic violence, and in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness
Month. The pre-programmed wireless phones will be distributed to local
area police stations that will in turn provide them to at-risk victims
of domestic abuse.
"For women who fear for their lives and the lives of their children,
dialing 9-1-1 is often times their only link to safety," said Bob Stott,
regional president of Bell Atlantic Mobile. "Many of us take for granted
the ease with which we communicate, anytime, anywhere. For women involved
in dangerous domestic situations, whose circumstances do not allow them
to communicate, these phones provide them with greater safety and peace
accepted the wireless phones on behalf of the RICADV. "Few of us can imagine
what it is like to live each moment in fear as these women and children
do," said DeBare. "Breaking away and staying away from an abusive relationship
is a process, it doesn't happen overnight. These phones make it possible
to start that process."
In comments today, Chief William A. McCombe, president of the Rhode Island
Police Chief's Association said, "We are dedicated to using every resource
possible to help victims and their families. A similar donation made by
Bell Atlantic Mobile a few years ago was of great benefit to victims.
We're pleased to get more phones to put safety in the palm of their hands."
The 100-phone donation, in conjunction with Motorola, is part of a 2,500-phone
donation to domestic violence support organizations throughout Bell Atlantic
Mobile's service area. Other initiatives made by Bell Atlantic Mobile
in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month include a $25,000 donation
to the Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF) for its National Workplace
Resource Center on Domestic Violence.
Since 1995, Bell Atlantic Mobile has focused its philanthropic efforts,
under the "Wireless at Work..." community service program, assisting victims
of domestic violence by utilizing the company's resources and technology
in a variety of ways. These include its HopeLine program, which provides
free voice mailboxes to victims residing in shelters, and donations of
wireless 9-1-1 phones to police department and district attorneys' offices
to distribute to women at risk.
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