DONATE CELL PHONES & BATTERIES TO HELP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS: HOPELINE DRIVE ANNOUNCED TODAY

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October 9, 2009 (San Diego) – In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the San Diego Family Justice Center is working with the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program to collect no-longer used wireless phones, batteries and equipment from any wireless provider in a month-long phone drive during October 2009. Verizon Wireless will donate the refurbished wireless phones and airtime (in English & Spanish) to victims of domestic violence, as well as recycle them to offer funding and other contributions to non-profit domestic violence shelters and prevention programs like the San Diego Family Justice Center. For more information oh the program, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

The San Diego Family Justice Center is a public safety initiative launched by the City of San Diego to assist victims of family violence. At the Family Justice Center, several agencies have come together to provide consolidated and coordinated legal, social, and health services to women, men, children, and families in need. Victims can now come to one location to talk to an advocate, get a restraining order, plan for their safety, talk to a police officer, and meet with a prosecutor, receive information on shelter, and get help with transportation. For more information on the center, visit www.familyjusticecenter.org .