Wireless Phones Help Protect Victims Of Domestic Violence in New Jersey

MORRISTOWN, NJ — Verizon Wireless has donated 10 wireless phones and 10 voicemail boxes to The Rachel Coalition, a non-profit group serving women in Morris, Sussex and Essex counties.  The donation was made possible through the Verizon Wireless HopeLineSM Program, which uses wireless technology and financial resources for domestic violence prevention and education, the company's chief community focus.      

The Coalition, founded by the MetroWest Jewish community to provide services and support for victims of domestic violence, will lend the phones to women at risk to carry with them to call for help in an emergency.  The phones are pre-programmed to dial 9-1-1 and the Coalition’s domestic violence hotline.          

"Having a wireless phone in hand will allow women in threatening situations to go about their day-to-day lives with less fear," said Leslie Frost, chair of The Rachel Coalition.  "They can go to work and take their children to school secure in the knowledge that if the abuser appears, they can call for help."

In addition to the phones, Verizon Wireless will donate 10 HopeLine voicemail boxes.  The voicemail service acts like an answering machine and allows individuals who do not have access to a personal phone line to receive messages from prospective employers, landlords or family members.  This service provides women at risk a vital link to the outside world and acts as a building block to a productive, more secure future.  

"These women are survivors from every walk of life who deserve all the support and assistance we can give them," said Charles Hand, president of the company’s New York Metro Region.  "At Verizon Wireless, we continue to be humbled by their strength and proud to provide these women with resources that can help them take back their lives." 

Area residents interested in helping victims of domestic violence may donate their no longer used wireless phones to the company's HopeLine Recycling Program which collects used wireless handsets to be recycled or sold.  Proceeds are donated to domestic violence advocacy groups or used to purchase phones for victims.  Phones may be dropped off at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the nation’s leading provider of wireless communications.  The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 33.3 million customers.  Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD).  Find more information on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.