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Verizon Wireless Donates Phones to Gateway Battered Women's Shelter In Effort to Curb Domestic Violence.

Donation is Part of Statewide Campaign to Put a Lifeline in the Hands Of

Domestic Violence Victims

DENVER, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ --

Verizon Wireless and the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence today jointly announced the donation of 15 phones and a year of service to Gateway Battered Women's Shelter. Gateway is the first shelter to benefit from the comprehensive partnership between the State of Colorado, CCADV and Verizon Wireless that was launched with Governor Bill Owens earlier this month. This partnership, the first alliance of its kind in the state, includes the donation of 100 Motorola wireless phones to be distributed to women's shelters throughout the state, service from Verizon Wireless, grant donations, a phone recycling drive and a corporate awareness campaign.

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"Since our initial partnership with the Governor and CCADV two years ago, Verizon Wireless has distributed close to 500 phones to domestic violence organizations throughout the state," said Marni Walden, Mountain Region president for Verizon Wireless. "We're proud to reconfirm our commitment to this effort with additional phones and funding for training and awareness programs."

Although wireless phones will not stop domestic violence, they can provide a victim with a sense of security and empowerment.

"Lives will be saved with the distribution of these phones," said Maria Luisa O'Neill, Criminal Justice Program Coordinator for Gateway. "Abused women can use the phones to call for help with the push of a button. That can make the difference between continued abuse or security."

Awareness and education can be the first step in stopping the cycle of domestic violence. To that end, Verizon Wireless has granted $5,000 to the CCADV to produce training materials for their Advocate Training Program, the only training program of its kind in the state. Funds will also be used to develop and print brochures for distribution in high schools and hospitals.

The Domestic Violence Awareness Partnership also provides for the Governor's Office and CCADV to travel throughout the state conducting a series of "town meetings" dedicated to raising awareness of domestic violence. The primary focus of these meetings is to determine the major issues facing victims of domestic violence, discuss potential solutions, develop new strategies for dealing with domestic violence and work toward building coalitions to solve these issues with other interest groups.

The Corporate Awareness Campaign features a letter from Governor Owens, a sample of Verizon Wireless sponsored domestic violence awareness posters, available for free, for distribution in the workplace and a fact sheet on domestic violence and workplace violence.

"Domestic violence lowers worker productivity, increases company health care costs and can erupt in workplace violence," said Governor Owens. "Providing this information to Colorado businesses makes the environment in our workplaces safer. Employees are more likely to ask for and receive help in an organization that is aware of domestic violence and the signs that someone may be a victim. In addition, displaying these posters in the workplace provides victims information about a national hotline to call for help."

In support of this partnership, Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in Colorado are collecting old, unused wireless phones through the end of the year. These phones will be recycled and sold with funds going directly to the Verizon Wireless HopeLine(SM) program, enabling the company to service even more domestic violence shelters in the future. In Colorado, collection locations are:

Denver Arvada Greenwood Village,

16th Street Mall 5220 Wadsworth Blvd Belleview Promenade

951 16th Ste, Ste 100A 303-422-6409 8000 E. Belleview Ave

720-946-0102 720-489-1223

Cherry Creek Mall

303-321-7138

Boulder/Broomfield Colorado Springs Ft. Collins

2790 Pearl St. 7222 N. Academy 3636 S. College

720-406-5234 719-598-9730 970-377-2054

FlatIron Mall Broadmoor Town Sq.

303-410-6974 2130 Southgate Rd

719-635-0874

Chapel Hills

1710 Briargate Blvd

719-598-5675

Lakewood Littleton Grand Junction

355 S. Wadsworth 7735 W. Long Dr. Mesa Mall

720-963-8002 720-981-3330 970-257-7611

Park Meadows

8481 Yosemite

303-708-1353

Pueblo Sterling Westminster

1723 S. Pueblo Blvd 1321 W. Main 5160 W. 120th Ave.

719-566-1102 970-521-0850 303-439-0557

1716 Hwy 50 West

719-543-2000

Cortez Durango

40 East Main 2800 Main Street

970-564-0192 970-259-7646

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 28.7 million wireless voice and data customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE: VOD; London), including Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless and PrimeCo Personal Communications. Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 97 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.

About Gateway Battered Women's Shelter

Gateway Battered Women's Shelter provides services to victims of domestic violence who live within the City of Aurora and Arapahoe County. Gateway has been a leader in the field of domestic violence throughout the community, state and nation. Gateways mission is to eliminate personal and societal violence against all women and children by empowerment through education, support services and by promoting social change within the community. To that end, Gateway provides a comprehensive array of programs and services. These services include, but are not limited to: 24 hour crisis line, emergency shelter, counseling, community development with education, training, speakers' bureau and volunteer program; and a Criminal Justice Program.

About the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence

The Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence in a non-profit, statewide, membership driven organization whose mission is to eliminate domestic violence in all its forms through comprehensive coordination of services, training, technical assistance, community education, advocacy and funding. CCADV is dedicated to serving as a voice on behalf of abused individuals, their children and the shelters, crisis services and advocates who serve them.

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