Bell Atlantic Mobile Donates Wireless Technology To Delaware Domestic Violence Coordinating Council
October 1, 1997
Pam Sweeney Boyd
Delaware are one step closer to leading safer and more productive
lives due to a wireless technology donation by Bell Atlantic Mobile.
At a press conference recognizing October as "Domestic Violence
Awareness Month," Robert F. Stott, regional president of Bell Atlantic
Mobile, donated 40 voice mail boxes and 20 cellular phones
pre-programmed with a 9-1-1 emergency number to the Delaware Domestic
Violence Coordinating Council.
"Bell Atlantic Mobile is committed to helping domestic violence
victims change their situations and to lead productive and safe
lives," said Stott. "Our wireless products - such as voice mail
service and phones - provides women with the vital link they need in
order to communicate effectively and discreetly, and to seek immediate
help if in danger."
"Through Bell Atlantic Mobile's generous donation, domestic violence
victims now have expanded resources to help protect them while giving
them an opportunity to change their situations for the better," said
Raina Fishbane, executive director of the Domestic Violence
The voice mail boxes will serve as a communication tool in which women
can discreetly and independently receive personal messages from
counselors, potential employers, or family members.
This past year, through Bell Atlantic Mobile's "HopeLine" charitable
initiative, more than 4,400 individuals, including domestic violence
victims, received free voice mail service. By using the free service,
hundreds of people were able to secure jobs and housing, and seek
Through Bell Atlantic Mobile's wireless phone donation, women will be
able to get immediate help, in case of an emergency. "We've found that
victims of domestic violence are vulnerable to threatening situations
just about anywhere - in their car, on the streets and even in their
own homes," said Stott. "By simply pressing one speed dial number,
women will have a direct link to the police and hopefully, an added
sense of security."
Bell Atlantic Mobile is the largest wireless service provider on the
East Coast and the second largest in the United States. The company
owns and operates the most extensive network in the East, covering
111,000 square miles, and the largest chain of wireless retail outlets
offering a full range of wireless personal communications services,
including voice, data and paging. Based in Bedminster, NJ, Bell
Atlantic Mobile has 5 million customers and 7,000 employees in the
Northeast, mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and, through a separate
subsidiary, in the Southwest. The company is the chief wireless
subsidiary of the new Bell Atlantic, formed through the merger of Bell
Atlantic and NYNEX corporations.