What an old cell phone can mean to a domestic violence victim

Wed, 2015-07-22 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

In Chickasha, Oklahoma, recent murders of three women prompted the local sheriff's department to team with Council Lead Partner Verizon to help women in need. Verizon's HopeLine program isn't new, but neither is domestic violence.

"It never stops," Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir told News9.com. "I’ve been in this business 40 years. It used to be there wasn’t a whole lot we could do. But now there’s companies like this that are participating, and helping a lot of the volunteer agencies."

Since 2001, Verizon's HopeLine project has been refurbishing wireless phones, batteries, chargers and other accessories in any condition and from any provider to benefit victims and survivors of domestic violence. The no-longer used equipment is donated to local law enforcement agencies like the Grady County Sheriff's Department, which recently joined the effort.

As Verizon notes on its HopeLine website, access to a wireless phone and service, along with a voice mailbox, can help victims of domestic violence rebuild their lives, by giving them the means to communicate with family, friends, agency and shelter support staff and current or prospective employers.

Verizon wants to reach one million phone donations to its HopeLine program by the end of 2015 and – per the video below -- has recruited Terrence J, Morris Chestnut, Omarion and Justine Skye to help spread the word.