October 24, 2005
ATTORNEY GENERAL CURRAN TO AWARD $10,000 IN DOMESTIC
VIOLENCE PREVENTION GRANTS
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., in association
with Verizon Wireless, will commemorate October’s Domestic
Violence Awareness Month by awarding $10,000 in HopeLine wireless
phone-recycling grants to be divided between two Maryland domestic
violence service providers, one in Baltimore County and one in
Prince George’s County. The event will be held Tuesday October
25, 2005 at the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County.
Along with Verizon Wireless’ generous $10,000 donation, Attorney
General Curran will also present the company with more than 200
phones collected at the Attorney General ’s office, continuing
a tradition of phone recycling that dates to 2002. The phones will
be recycled through the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program to provide
future aid to Maryland groups working to prevent domestic violence
and to shelter or support victims.
The Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County will receive a $5,000
HopeLine grant to fund a taxi program so domestic violence victims
and their children can reach the safety of the Center’s shelter
at the time of their choosing. Frequently, victims of domestic
violence are forced to leave an abusive relationship on a moment’s
notice and often at night when public transportation is not readily
available. Many never arrive at the Center’s shelter despite
promises made to counselors and hotline advocates that they are
on their way, and at least part of the reason is the inaccessibility
of public transportation for victims.
The Family Crisis Center of Prince George’s County will receive
a $5,000 HopeLine grant to produce domestic violence prevention
advertisements to be shown in Prince George’s County movie
theaters. The ads will include a hotline phone number as well as
information encouraging victims to seek help. Prince George’s
County has the unfortunate distinction of having the largest number
of protective orders filed. The Family Crisis Center of Prince
George’s County is the primary domestic violence service
provider and only emergency shelter for battered women and children
in the county.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005 at 10:00 a.m.
Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County Inc.
Baltimore, MD 21222