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Mayor Donates Surplus Government Cell Phones to Domestic Violence Victims

Wednesday June 23, 2004

Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that Metro Government is donating almost 1,000 cell phones to The Center for Women and Families. The surplus phones are the result of a new bid contract where Metro Government employees receive new phones at no cost with the change of service providers.
“These phones were no longer of use to the city or our employees, but now they will be lifesavers for hundreds of women in our hometown,” said Abramson.
The Center for Women and Families distributes used cell phones to victims of domestic violence. The phones are reprogrammed by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department for 911 use only.

“Cell phones can be an essential link to emergency services for a victim of domestic violence,” said Jane Burks, president of The Center for Women and Families. “We have a dozen requests from clients for emergency cells phones each week. This number of donated phones will go a long way toward meeting our emergency-communication needs for the year.”

Abramson made an initial donation of about 200 cell phones to the center today, and hundreds more will be delivered as employees transition to the new service provider.

“The Center for Women and Families has been a beacon of hope and provided new beginnings for countless families in our community. This is a small way to say thank you for making Louisville a better and safer place to live,” said Abramson.

In Kentucky one out of every three women is a victim of domestic violence at some time in her life. Every day in this country, three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.