October 27, 1999-WALLINGFORD, CT-
Bell Atlantic Mobile and Motorola today announced
a Fairfield County initiative to provide 50 wireless phones to the Domestic
Violence Crisis Center enabling victims of domestic violence to instantly
dial 9-1-1 and receive emergency police or medical assistance 24 hours
The donation made at the STOP! Domestic Violence Seminar on the UCONN/
Stamford campus is part of Bell Atlantic Mobile's ongoing corporate-wide
effort in the fight against domestic violence, and in recognition of
Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Domestic Violence Crisis Center
and the Stamford Police Department sponsored this event.
"For women who fear for their lives and the lives of their children,
dialing 9-1-1 is often times their only link to safety," said Bob Stott,
regional president of Bell Atlantic Mobile. "Many of us take for granted
the ease with which we communicate, anytime, anywhere. For women involved
in dangerous domestic situations, whose circumstances do not allow them
to communicate, these phones provide them with greater safety and peace
executive director of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center accepted the
wireless phones on behalf of the DVCC. "Few of us can imagine what it
is like to live each moment in fear as these women and children do," said
Lorange. "Breaking away and staying away from an abusive relationship
is a process, it doesn't happen overnight. These phones make it possible
to start that process. The phones help us in our effort to end domestic
violence and continue to provide the critical help these victims so desperately
The 50-phone donation, in conjunction with Motorola, is part of a 2,500-phone
donation to domestic violence support organizations throughout Bell Atlantic
Mobile's service area. Other initiatives made by Bell Atlantic Mobile
in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month include a $25,000 donation
to the Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF) for its National Workplace
Resource Center on Domestic Violence.
Bell Atlantic Mobile has focused its philanthropic efforts, under the
"Wireless at Work..." community service program, 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 mailboxes to victims residing in shelters,
and donations of pre-programmed wireless
9-1-1 phones to police department and district attorneys' offices to distribute
to women at risk.
Motorola is a global leader in providing integrated communications solutions
and embedded electronic solutions. These include: software-enhanced wireless
telephone, two-way radio, messaging and satellite communications products
and systems, as well as networking and Internet-access products, for consumers,
network operators, and commercial, government and industrial customers.
Embedded semiconductor solutions for customers in the consumer, networking
and computing, transportation, and wireless communications markets. Embedded
electronic systems for automotive, communications, imaging, manufacturing
systems, computer and consumer markets. Sales in 1998 were $29.4 billion.
For additional information please visit http://www.motorola.com.
Bell Atlantic Mobile owns and operates the largest wireless
network in the East, covering 120,000 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 6.6 million customers
and 8,000 employees from Maine to Georgia and, through a separate subsidiary,
in the Southwest. Through its "Wireless at Work..." community service program,
the company uses its technology to help individuals and communities improve
security and emergency communications. Bell Atlantic Mobile's parent,
Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE:BEL) 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:
The Domestic Violence Crisis Center offers critical services such as a
24-hour hotline, individual counseling, group therapy, court advocacy,
children's services and community education. Anyone interested in these
services can call 1-888-774-2900.