Cell phone drive held to benefit domestic violence victims

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is holding a cell phone recycling drive throughout January to benefit victims of domestic violence and the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Kilmartin is asking people to drop off used cell phones and wireless accessories at his office in Providence and at courthouse offices in Newport, Warwick and Wakefield from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the week.

The office started the initiative five years ago and has collected thousands of phones.

The donated phones are refurbished and sold for reuse, generating the proceeds for the program.

Kilmartin says the extensive refurbishing removes all personal data.

Also through the program, new phones are provided for free to be given to domestic violence victims.

Kilmartin says Verizon Wireless supports the recycling program to help domestic violence coalitions nationwide.

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