April 19, 2000-ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo.-Rock Springs, Wyoming
today joins communities across the nation by participating in CALL to
PROTECT: Wireless Phones for Domestic Safety, a nationwide campaign to help protect
victims of domestic violence.
As part of this effort, Verizon Wireless, Motorola and U.S. Representative
Barbara Cubin (R-WY) are donating 50 wireless phones and two years of free
airtime to the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Cheyenne and
20 phones to the YWCA Save & Support House in Rock Springs.
"Domestic violence and spousal abuse are national problems that cut across
all boundaries whether economic or ethnic," said Representative Cubin. "Those
subjected to the physical and mental anguish in the one place they should
feel safest, their own homes, need our assistance and understanding."
"Wireless phones are important tools in protecting victims of domestic
violence," said John Griffith, regional president for Verizon Wireless. "The
police and other emergency services now are just a push button away when
domestic violence victims feel threatened or are in danger."
A national poll conducted by the Wireless Foundation shows that 72 percent
of the public believe wireless phones provide victims of domestic violence with
safety in the first crucial days of separating from an abusive partner. Rita
Smith, Executive Director of the National Coalition Against Domestic
Violence, has praised the CALL to PROTECT campaign. "CALL to PROTECT is a significant
aid to individuals in abusive situations and is making an important contribution
to educating the public about the signs of domestic violence," she said.
"Motorola is pleased to take its long history in wireless technology and
apply it to saving lives through the CALL to PROTECT initiative," said Denise
Gibson, Vice President and General Manager for U.S. Strategic Account Operations,
As part of the program, Verizon Wireless and Motorola are providing:
- Wireless telephones to victims of domestic violence. The phones are pre-programmed so victims can reach 911 and other emergency services with the push of a button when they feel threatened.
- Wireless phones to family violence professionals, victim assistance volunteers and family violence case workers to help them contact victims and report abuse.
- Information on how to recognize the five key signs of domestic violence and steps to take to help those in need.
"Frequently, domestic violence victims have no means to call for immediate
assistance or protection from perpetrators," said Rosemary Bratton,
executive director for the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence. "Wireless
phones can make a big difference to both staff and victims by providing instant and
easy access to law enforcement and the 24-hour domestic violence hotline."
The wireless industry is requesting that citizens take time to "Donate a
Phone" through the CALL to PROTECT "Donate a Phone" campaign. The goal is to
collect no longer used wireless phones that are too valuable to throw away
and can still be useful. Through the CALL to PROTECT "Donate a Phone" campaign
phones will be recycled and provided to domestic violence shelters so that
even more potential victims can have increased safety and mobility.
"There's more than one way to reach out and touch someone's life, and
donating unused cell phones and accessories to help fight domestic violence is one of
the best," said Cubin. "It's estimated that throughout Wyoming there are
hundreds if not thousands of cell phones sitting in drawers, collecting nothing but
dust. I urge everyone to donate their unused phones to CALL to PROTECT and join the
battle against domestic abuse and violence."
Used wireless phones can be dropped off at any of the following locations:
- Casper District Office
100 East "B" Street Suite 4003
Casper, WY 82601
- Cheyenne District Office
2120 Capitol Avenue Room 2015
Cheyenne, WY 82001
- Rock Spring District Office
2515 Foothills Boulevard Suite 204
Rock Springs, WY 82901
Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the
U.S. with more than 16 million wireless voice and data customers and nearly 4
million paging customers. The new coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the
combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp.
(NYSE:BEL) and Vodafone AirTouch Plc (LSE:VOD)(NYSE:VOD). The new company includes the
assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, PrimeCo Personal
Communications and AirTouch Paging. Verizon Wireless will be further
strengthened by the addition of the wireless assets of GTE Corp. (NYSE:GTE)
when it completes its merger with Bell Atlantic. When the merger is complete, the
new company will have a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S.
population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets.
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It liberates the power of technology by creating software-enhanced products
that provide integrated customer solutions and Internet access via wireless and
satellite communications, as well as computing, networking, and automotive
electronics. Motorola also provides essential digital building blocks in the
form of embedded semiconductors, controls and systems. Sales in 1998 were
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