Free Seminar on Assisting Domestic Violence Victims Open To Local Employers

Free Seminar on Assisting Domestic Violence
Victims Open To Local Employers

Bell Atlantic Mobile Hosts Program Supporting
Domestic Violence Awareness Month; Two
Sessions Scheduled for October 28

October 7, 1998


Patricia L. Quolke, 412-563-0367

Maggie Aloia Rohr, 908-306-7757

PITTSBURGH -- Employers who want to make a difference in the lives
of employees who are victims of domestic violence can gain some insight
into the problem at a free seminar on October 28. Bell Atlantic Mobile is
hosting the program at its Pittsburgh Regional Headquarters in Thorn Hill
Industrial Park. To heighten awareness of the domestic violence issue and
to help educate business owners, managers, and human resource directors
in dealing with a problem that gravely affects employees, the company will
hold two half-day seminars.

Janet Scott, education director from the Women's Center & Shelter of
Greater Pittsburgh, will conduct the training on identifying and intervening
for employees affected by intimate partner violence. She will cover such
topics as tips for managers, how to supervise an employee who is
struggling with domestic violence, when you see signs of abuse and when
an employee discloses abuse.

Two sessions of the seminar are scheduled on Wednesday, October 28.
The first will run from 8 a.m. to 12 noon; it will be repeated from 1 p.m. to
5 p.m. Bell Atlantic Mobile is underwriting the cost of the seminar, so there
is no registration fee.

Attendance is limited to 25 participants in each session and will be accepted
on a first come basis. To register for either the morning or afternoon session,
please call 412-913-2128.

Earlier this month, Bell Atlantic Mobile introduced a toll-and airtime-free
link to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, allowing users to simply
dial *HOPE from their cellular phones to reach the hotline.

Since 1995, Bell Atlantic Mobile has focused its philanthropic efforts,
under the "Wireless at Work..." community service program, on 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 mail boxes to victims residing in shelters, and
donations of pre-programmed wireless 9-1-1 phones to police departments
and district attorneys' offices to distribute to women at risk. This year the
company earmarked $100,000 to help victims by providing wireless
technology solutions.


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. The company's
Pittsburgh Regional Headquarters are in Thorn Hill Industrial Park in
Marshall Township.