The cell phones were collected by 2nd Chance, an organization that assists victims and is conducting a phone drive through the month of October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 2nd Chance will give the newer phones to victims of domestic violence and recycle older phones to raise money, said
"Not everybody has a cell phone and domestic violence victims are particularly in need of cell phones," Shipman said. "They need to be able to call 911."
All a cell phone needs to dial 911 is a simple battery charge, Shipman said. The devices don't have to have monthly plans to make the emergency call and that enables the organization to help victims at no cost.
Almost 90 percent of domestic violence victims are women and they are likely to return to their abusers between five and seven times before they leave abusive situations, Shipman said.
The phones are critical tools for victims whether or not they already have their own phones, said
"What happens if your perpetrator takes your phone from you or has your phone turned off?" Fleming-Smith said.
Monday's donation might not have happened if
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