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

DENVER, CO — 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:

    Denver 16th Street Mall 951 16th Ste, Ste 100A 720-946-0102

    Cherry Creek Mall 303-321-7138

    Ft. Collins 3636 S. College 970-377-2054

    Sterling 1321 W. Main 970-521-0850

    Arvada 5220 Wadsworth Blvd 303-422-6409

    Lakewood 355 S. Wadsworth 720-963-8002

    Westminster 5160 W. 120th Ave. 303-439-0557

    Greenwood Village, Belleview Promenade 8000 E. Belleview Ave 720-489-1223

    Littleton 7735 W. Long Dr. 720-981-3330

    Park Meadows 8481 Yosemite 303-708-1353

    Cortez 40 East Main 970-564-0192

    Boulder/Broomfield 2790 Pearl St. 720-406-5234

    FlatIron Mall 303-410-6974

    Grand Junction Mesa Mall 970-257-7611

    Durango 2800 Main Street 970-259-7646

    Colorado Springs 7222 N. Academy 719-598-9730

    Broadmoor Town Sq. 2130 Southgate Rd 719-635-0874

    Chapel Hills 1710 Briargate Blvd 719-598-5675

    Pueblo 1723 S. Pueblo Blvd 719-566-1102

    1716 Hwy 50 West 719-543-2000

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

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