September 10, 2014

Donate Mobile Phone To Help Domestic Violence Survivors

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Hopeline From Verizon

VZW Disclosure

We tend to hear about domestic violence in the news when there are celebrities involved or when something so heinous occurs the news outlets know it will get viewers or readers. When celebrities are involved, there are often people who defend the behavior or try to give justifications for how we, the public, are misinterpreting their behavior.

But it doesn’t matter who you are, domestic violence is not exclusively for certain types. And while a majority of the victims are women, domestic violence is not blind to gender. Domestic violence also claim many children, most of whom are not only physically abused but also emotionally abused. Sadly, nearly every person knows someone who has been involved in a domestic violence situation.

Some very sobering statistics from Safe Horizon illustrate that domestic violence (or, as they refer to it, intimate partner violence) does not discriminate by age, gender, income, race, or education. The good thing is that we can ALL help. One easy and convenient way is to donate your used mobile phone to the Verizon HopeLine program.

  • 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime.
  • Women experience more than 4 million physical assaults and rapes because of their partners, and men are victims of nearly 3 million physical assaults.
  • Every year, more than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes.
  • Children who live in homes where there is domestic violence also suffer abuse or neglect at high rates (30% to 60%).
  • Domestic violence is most likely to occur between 6 pm and 6 am.

Did you also know that incidents of domestic violence spike during major sports games? Studies show that sports team losses can lead to increases in domestic violence. Regardless of whether it’s college or professional, violence after sporting loses is well documented. And while it’s not the job of pro sports to tell their fans to behave themselves, many leagues have created awareness programs to help those who may turn to violence when their team loses.

Nearly 20 years ago, the HopeLine stared because a telecommunications company (Bell Atlantic Mobile, which is now Verizon) wanted to make a positive difference in the area of domestic violence awareness and advocacy. As a leader in the telecommunications industry, HopeLine offered voicemail boxes to women living in shelters. Since many victims of domestic violence tend to be cut off from their family and friends, having a secure way to communicate is an important step to ending the cycle and getting out.

By donating your used mobile phone, battery, or accessories, HopeLine from Verizon is able to fund programs and provide phones. Donating your used devices is also a smart way to dispose of technology responsibly and keep it out of landfills. Best part is how easy it is to donate.

How to Donate To HopeLine

In Store – go to any Verizon Wireless and drop off your used mobile phones, batteries, and accessories. Doesn’t matter what carrier your device was using.

By Mail – follow the easy directions, use a pre-paid HopeLine mailing label, and drop your package off at your local post office.

Host A Phone Drive – with help from Verizon, you can host a phone drive at your work, school, or place of worship. It’s easy to coordinate and creates awareness for a great cause while ensuring proper disposal of used devices.

Since 2001, more than 10.8 million phones have been collected by HopeLine.

Since 2001, more than 543 million minutes of wireless service have been donated to domestic violence victims and survivors.

Since 2001, more than $21 million in cash grants have been provided by the HopeLine program to domestic violence organizations nationwide.

Good things happen when we donate our unused mobile phones. Women and children wanting to escape a live of domestic violence rely on our generosity so they can obtain these lifelines. Imagine how disconnected you feel when you accidentally leave your phone at home. Now, imagine the hope you can give.

Hopeline Branded AccessoriesIf you don’t have items to donate, you can still make a difference. Show your support for ending domestic violence with the Power of Purple. Verizon will donate $3 from each Hopeline-branded accessory.

There is also a HopeLine App for both iOS and Android devices. Download them today to gain access to resources and learn more about Hopeline.

Download the App for Android

Download the App for Apple

Disclosure: I am a member of the Verizon Insider team and often receive devices for review. This post is part of my personal social good advocacy, although related to my relationship with Verizon. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sara

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