Used phones bring awareness for domestic violence

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OKLAHOMA CITY — There is a new use for old phones, and it could someday save a life.

The Oklahoma District Attorneys Association is teaming up with Verizon Wireless for “DAs Against DV.” The goal is to raise awareness about domestic violence in our communities.

This campaign will include HopeLine phone drives where residents can donate their old cell phones and accessories.

The phones will be refurbished and loaded with free wireless minutes. The idea is to provide a lifeline for domestic violence victims and their children.

“Domestic violence is largely about power for the abuser over his victim, and these HopeLine phones will remove the abuser’s power to take away a safe line of communication for victims of domestic violence,” said Eddie Wyant, Oklahoma District Attorney’s Association President.

Along with the HopeLine, each of the state’s 27 district attorneys will host a free screening of the documentary called “Telling Amy’s Story.” It is the true story of a young mother who died at the hands of her husband as she tried to leave her abusive relationship. The victim was a Verizon employee.

For additional information you can visit the following links:

http://aboutus.verizonwireless.com/commitment/community_programs/hopeline/

http://www.telling.psu.edu/