To recognize National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin is once again holding a cell phone recycling drive throughout October to benefit victims of domestic violence and the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV).
In addition to refurbishing phones, the drive also disposes of old cell phones in an environmentally safe way. Throughout the month of October, the public is invited to drop off old and discarded cell phones and cell phone accessories at the Office of Attorney General in Providence and courthouse offices in Newport, Providence, Warwick and Wakefield. The courthouse in Warwick is located at 222 Quaker Lane.
Cell phones can become an effective tool in the fight against domestic violence. Instead of being discarded, an old phone can be put to good use against domestic abuse through a cell phone recycling program. Cell phones are refurbished and then reprogrammed and used as 911 emergency phones for individuals in the community at risk of domestic violence. This communication may provide a critical link between law enforcement and a victim of domestic violence who is in a life-threatening emergency.
Cell phones not utilized for this purpose will be recycled through HopeLine®, a Verizon Wireless phone recycling program that supports domestic violence organizations throughout the country, including the RICADV. Wireless phones donated to HopeLine are recycled under a zero-landfill policy, generating proceeds for the program. New HopeLine phones – complete with 3,000 minutes of free wireless service – are provided to local domestic violence organizations for use with their clients.