July 8, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
GENERAL HELPS VERIZON WIRELESS KICK OFF
to Aid Domestic Violence Victims
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., co-chair of the Family Violence Council,
will join representatives from Verizon Wireless on Tuesday, July
9, 2002, at 11 a.m at Verizon Wireless' Annapolis Harbor Center
store, 2562 Solomons Island Road, for the announcement of the Family
Violence Council/Verizon Wireless HopeLine partnership.
HopeLine phone recycling program uses wireless services and equipment
to assist victims in emergency domestic violence situations. HopeLine
collects wireless phones that are no longer being used and refurbishes
them so they can be recycled or sold. The funds raised enables Verizon
Wireless to purchase wireless phones and donate air-time to victims
of domestic violence. The HopeLine program was created in 1995,
and last year alone, Verizon Wireless donated more than 4,000 phones
and $500,000 to this cause.
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. and Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy
Townsend created the Family Violence Council in November 1995. Under
the coordination and leadership of the Family Violence Council,
policymakers, law enforcement officers, advocates, judges, probation
agents, health care providers and many others have come together
to improve the laws, policies and systems which serve to protect
victims. The mission of the Council is to prevent and reduce family
violence in Maryland, and to break the cycle of violence between
takes a great deal of courage for a victim of domestic violence
to make that call to 911," Attorney General Curran said. "I
applaud Verizon Wireless for the example they have set for those
in the private sector who can work with government to ensure that
once that call is made, the victim receives the support of every
available resource in Maryland."
more information about the Family Violence Council, go to www.oag.state.md.us/Family,
or for more information about the HopeLine program, go to www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.