Lt. Governor Stephen B.Pence's Communication Office
Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence unveils new initiative to raise awareness about domestic violence

Press Release Date:  Monday, November 28, 2005  
Contact Information:  Jeanne Lausche
Ryan Watts
(502) 564-2611

Pence encourages Kentuckians to donate no-longer-used wireless phones to HopeLine

Frankfort, KY:  Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence announced today a new initiative to raise awareness about a problem that affects thousands of Kentuckians: domestic violence.

 “Domestic violence is a crime that many people feel uncomfortable talking about, but we must do better to protect families from the harm that can ensue,” said Lieutenant Governor Pence.  “By encouraging Kentuckians to donate their old cell phones to HopeLine® and similar programs, we are at least making a small contribution.”

HopeLine was created 10 years ago by Verizon Wireless as a phone recycling program to benefit victims of domestic violence.  HopeLine accepts no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories from any vendor.  Most of the donated phones and equipment are refurbished and sold with proceeds going to support domestic violence awareness and prevention programs.  Since going national in 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 2.5 million phones.

“We are asking all state employees, and visitors to our state buildings, to take a moment during this holiday season and donate your family’s former cell phones to the HopeLine bins you will see displayed throughout state government,” continued Pence.  “If everyone will contribute, we will make a worthy donation to an important cause that will help families right here in Kentucky.”

In addition to the cell phone drive, Lieutenant Governor Pence unveiled a poster created by Verizon Wireless to raise awareness about domestic violence that he is asking all state agencies to display.   

 “We hope these posters will open people’s eyes to the fact that domestic violence does not discriminate…it can happen to anyone,” continued Pence.

The lieutenant governor concluded the press conference by announcing he plans to introduce other initiatives to address and target domestic violence in 2006.

Sherry Currens, Executive Director of the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, applauded the lieutenant governor for addressing this issue.

“On behalf of the 16 domestic violence shelter programs in Kentucky, we would like to express our appreciation for the lieutenant governor’s efforts to raise much-needed funds for the shelter programs to continue to provide services for victims of domestic violence and their children,” said Currens.

The HopeLine cell phone bins can be found at most state parks, Kentucky State Police posts, Transportation district offices, and state cabinets and departments. 

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NOTE:  State agencies and departments may contact Jeanne Lausche for more information on locating a HopeLine bin or obtaining a domestic violence awareness poster to display.