Bell Atlantic Mobile Responds to Call From Local Victims of Domestic Violence

Bell Atlantic Mobile Responds to Call From Local Victims of Domestic Violence

Wireless Phones Provide Instant Link to Police

May 27, 1998

Media contact:

Lynette Viviani

Bell Atlantic Mobile


Sgt. Stephen Foley


Morristown, NJ -- On a recent Wednesday afternoon, the Victim's
Witness Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor's Office responded to a
domestic violence call. The woman had been severely beaten around the
face and head by her husband. The man was arrested, bail was set and he
was released in a matter of hours. The woman, whose wounds shocked
even the most seasoned police officers, was terrified that her abuser, now
free, would return.

The prosecutor's office quickly placed a call to Bell Atlantic Mobile
requesting a wireless phone, specially programmed to dial 9-1-1. It was
delivered the next morning and in the hands of the woman within hours.

Today, Duncan Milloy, executive director-marketing for Bell Atlantic
Mobile's New York/New Jersey Metro region, joined victim's advocates to
present five more wireless phones to Morris County Prosecutor John B.
Dangler for victims of domestic violence.

"This case is a vivid example of the tragedy of domestic violence --
violence that occurs right here in the suburbs of Morris County," Dangler
said. "It's also an example of a corporate good deed. We reached out to
Bell Atlantic Mobile for help and they responded without hesitation.
Having a wireless phone now allows this woman to leave her home and go
about her day-to-day life knowing that if her abuser returns, help is just a
phone call away."

Milloy said the phone donation is just one of a series made by Bell Atlantic
Mobile throughout the region as part of the company's "Wireless At
Work" community service program. "The wireless phones donated today
are specially programmed to dial 9-1-1 at the touch of one button," he said.
"It is our hope that these phones will never have to be used to report an
emergency, but if a victim feels threatened, she can rest assured that help
will be on the way."

In Morris County there were close to 3,000 cases of domestic violence
reported last year Dangler said. "The most dangerous time for a domestic
violence victim is after she has left her abuser. These phones will be
distributed to victims who are considered to be in serious danger and have
orders of protection against their abusers. In a very real sense, they will
serve as a lifeline for victims who fear for their lives."

Bell Atlantic Mobile's "Wireless at Work" program uses the company's
wireless technology to help individuals and communities improve security
and emergency communications. Since its inception in 1995, "Wireless at
Work" has allowed Bell Atlantic Mobile to give back to the community by
bringing its wireless products and services to various groups in need
throughout the company's service area, from Maine to northern Georgia.
Over the past two years, the company has donated over 400 wireless
phones to aid victims of domestic violence living in the New York/New
Jersey area.

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Bell Atlantic Mobile owns and operates the largest wireless network in the
East, covering 112,000 square miles, and the largest chain of retail outlets
devoted exclusively to wireless voice, data and paging. Based in
Bedminster, NJ, Bell Atlantic Mobile has 5.5 million customers and 7,000
employees from Maine to Georgia and, through a separate subsidiary, in
the Southwest. Through its "Wireless at Work..." community relations
program, the company uses its technology to help individuals and
communities improve security and emergency communications. Bell
Atlantic Mobile's parent is one of the world's largest wireless
communications companies, with domestic operations in 25 states and
international investments in Mexico, Europe and the Pacific Rim. For more
information on Bell Atlantic Mobile visit: www.bam.com; on global
operations visit: www.bellatlantic.com/worldwide.