Delaware County Juvenile Court recently updated their employees’ cell phones and chose to donate the old phones to Turning Point, the local domestic violence shelter serving Delaware County.
The phones can be used for domestic violence victims who need an emergency phone for safety reasons.
Cell phones can be an important means of communication to seek safety. They are a link to family and friends from whom the abuser has isolated the victim during the relationship. Most personal cell phones come equipped with GPS tracking which makes it easier for the victim to be tracked as well. Sometimes, the victim’s phone is destroyed in a violent episode to further establish control in the relationship.
“With the donation of these phones, this allows victims who did not have access to a cell phone to contact law enforcement or Turning Point in an emergency. When we hand them a phone, this allows us to discuss safety planning which is crucial for those involved in domestic violence,” states Paula Burnside, Program Director at Turning Point.
Turning Point accepts basic cell phones along with smartphones, tablets, and mp3 players that can be recycled and act as funds for the shelter. They partner with Shelter Alliance who handles the recycling of devices. Shelter Alliance encourages smartphone collection and will pay up to $300 per phone, which will then benefit Turning Point.
Anyone who has recently upgraded phones and would like to donate is asked to contact Turning Point.
Turning Point offers a 24-hour hotline for victims of domestic violence. If you or someone you know needs help or if you would like more information, please call (800) 232-6505 or (740) 382-8988 or check out our website at www.turningpoint6.org.
Turning Point is a non-profit agency. Funding comes for a variety of sources including the United Way and the Delaware/Morrow Mental Health and Recovery Services Board.