Hopeline Cell Phone Drop-Off to Benefit Domestic Violence Advocacy Organizations
In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month,Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter announced today that he is partnering with the 20 police departments across the county, including the Easton Police Department, as well as Verizon Wireless' HopeLine Program, which collects unused wireless phones and parts to support survivors of domestic violence.
Throughout the month of October, the public is invited to drop off wireless phones and parts no longer in use to support survivors of domestic violence. Collection boxes will be located at the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office in New Bedford and Fall River as well as at all police departments throughout the county.
The program recycles used cell phones, batteries and accessories, and uses the funds generated to donate phones, airtime and funding to domestic violence agencies. Since 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 10.8 million phones, properly disposed of 2.4 million no-longer-used wireless phones, and donated 180,000 HopeLine phones with free airtime to domestic violence organizations nationwide.
Although this partnership highlights October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, these agencies work continuously throughout the year to mitigate domestic violence and educate and train those in the community.
The Bristol County District Attorney's Office recently received grant funding to hire three additional victim witness advocates to assist victims of domestic violence. The Office has also partnered with local law enforcement and advocacy agencies to work together on domestic violence high risk teams identifying high risk offenders and working to hold these individuals accountable while keeping their victims safe. In March of this year, District Attorney Sutter kicked-off the White Ribbon campaign by partnering with Employers Against Domestic Violence and the Boston Celtics to educate men about this program that gives them a voice to speak out and pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about domestic violence.
Drop off location:
Easton Police Department
46 Lothrop Street
North Easton, MA