PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office is spearheading an effort to get cell phones into the hands of domestic abuse victims.
Throughout the month of January, old cell phones and accessories can be dropped off at the Attorney General’s Providence office, as well as courthouse offices in Newport, Warwick, and Wakefield.
“Since we started this initiative five years ago, we have collected thousand of discarded phones to help the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence,” Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said. “Through Verizon’s HopeLine Program, an old cell phone is transformed into a lifeline for victims of domestic violence. This cell phone drive is a great way to safely and securely discard old cell phones while helping victims of domestic violence escape their abusers.”
Cell phones donated to the HopeLine program are refurbished and sold for reuse, generating funds for the program. New HopeLine phones come with 3,000 minutes of wireless service, and are provided at no cost to local domestic violence organizations.