Verizon Wireless Donates Phones to Gateway Battered Women's Shelter to Help Curb Domestic Violence

Verizon Wireless Donates Phones to Gateway Battered Women's Shelter to Help Curb Domestic Violence

Donation is Part of Statewide Campaign to Put a Lifeline in the Hands of Domestic Violence Victims

October 30, 2001




Verizon Wireless and the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) today jointly announced the donation of 15 phones and a year of service to Gateway Battered Women's Shelter. Gateway is the first shelter to benefit from the comprehensive partnership between the State of Colorado, CCADV and Verizon Wireless that was launched at a news conference with Governor Bill Owens earlier this month. The Domestic Violence Awareness Partnership , the first alliance of its kind in the state, includes the donation of 100 wireless phones and service to women's shelters throughout the state, grants to agencies addressing domestic violence, a phone recycling drive and a domestic violence awareness campaign.

"Since our initial partnership with the Governor and CCADV two years ago, Verizon Wireless has distributed nearly 500 phones to domestic violence organizations throughout the state," said Marni Walden, Mountain Region president for Verizon Wireless. "We're proud to reconfirm our commitment to this effort through our involvement with the new statewide partnership that led to today's donation of additional phones and funding for training and awareness programs."

"Lives will be saved with the distribution of these phones," said Maria Luisa O'Neill, Criminal Justice Program Coordinator for Gateway. "Abused women can use the phones to call for help with the push of a button. That can make the difference between continued abuse or security."

Awareness and education are the first steps in stopping the cycle of domestic violence. To that end, Verizon Wireless has provided a $5,000 grant to the CCADV to produce training materials for their Advocate Training Program and provide education materials for use in high schools and hospitals.

The partnership also arranges for staff members from the Governor's Office and CCADV to conduct a series of "town meetings" across the state The primary focus of these meetings is to identify the major issues facing victims of domestic violence, discuss potential solutions, develop new strategies for dealing with domestic violence and work toward building coalitions to solve these issues.

The partnership's corporate awareness campaign also includes a letter from Governor Owens and Verizon Wireless regional president Marni Walden to 250 businesses providing a fact sheet on domestic and workplace violence and encouraging businesses to display posters --available without cost from Verizon Wireless -- that help victims obtain assistance.

"Domestic violence lowers worker productivity, increases company health care costs and can erupt in workplace violence," said Governor Owens. "Providing this information to Colorado businesses makes our workplaces safer. Employees are more likely to ask for and receive help in an organization that is aware of and knows how to detect domestic violence. Displaying these posters in the workplace provides victims information about a national hotline to call for help."

In support of this partnership, Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in Colorado are collecting old, unused wireless phones through the end of the year. These phones will be recycled and sold with funds going directly to the Verizon Wireless HopeLineSM program, enabling the company to aid even more domestic violence shelters in the future. In Colorado, collection locations are:


    16th Street Mall

    951 16th Ste, Ste 100A


    Cherry Creek Mall


    Ft. Collins

    3636 S. College



    1321 W. Main



    5220 Wadsworth Blvd



    355 S. Wadsworth



    5160 W. 120th Ave.


    Greenwood Village, Belleview Promenade

    8000 E. Belleview Ave



    7735 W. Long Dr.


    Park Meadows

    8481 Yosemite



    40 East Main



    2790 Pearl St.


    FlatIron Mall


    Grand Junction

    Mesa Mall



    2800 Main Street


    Colorado Springs

    7222 N. Academy


    Broadmoor Town Sq.

    2130 Southgate Rd


    Chapel Hills

    1710 Briargate Blvd



    1723 S. Pueblo Blvd


    1716 Hwy 50 West


About the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence

The Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence in a non-profit, statewide, membership driven organization whose mission is to eliminate domestic violence in all its forms through comprehensive coordination of services, training, technical assistance, community education, advocacy and funding. CCADV is dedicated to serving as a voice on behalf of abused individuals, their children and the shelters, crisis services and advocates who serve them.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 28.7 million wireless voice and data customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD), including Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless and PrimeCo Personal Communications. Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 97 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.