Domestic Violence is Our Business
On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. These women and men are our friends, family, co-workers and neighbors. Domestic violence is a devastating social issue that touches every part of our communities – making it not just a domestic issue, but everyone’s business.
The National Network to End Domestic Violence estimates that 6,000 victims of domestic violence are turned away every day from shelters in the U.S. due to lack of funding. In providing solutions to these organizations, Verizon has put its technology to work for more than a decade to support domestic violence awareness efforts across the U.S. and here in Florida.
Employing more than 177,000 women and men across the globe, Verizon
also understands that domestic violence impacts its employees, regardless of age, race or income. From human resource policies to operational safety measures, Verizon takes very seriously the need to ensure its employees have access to the resources needed to stay safe.
Through its HopeLineTM phone recycling program, Verizon is able to turn no-longer-used devices into resources for domestic violence organizations and programs. Once donated, recycled devices are refurbished to generate proceeds for domestic violence shelters and organizations such as Tampa’s The Spring of Tampa Bay and Jacksonville’s Hubbard House. Phones complete with service minutes are also provided to survivors in shelters, creating literal lifelines of support for those in need.
Since the October 2001 launch of Verizon Wireless’s national recycling program, the company has collected more than 11.4 million phones, preventing them from being deposited in landfills. Since the inception of the program, more than $29 million has been awarded to organizations working to prevent and end domestic violence. HopeLine has also distributed more than 190,000 phones for victims of domestic violence.