Mayor Wharton teams up to help domestic violence victims

Mayor Wharton teams up to help domestic violence victims

(WMC-TV) - Memphis Mayor A C Wharton is joining forces with Verizon Wireless and the Family Safety Center to help victims of domestic violence.

As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Verizon Wireless is highlighting its national HopeLine program.

Verizon facilitated numerous educational and life-saving programs and activities to help victims of domestic violence in local communities.

The company has held HopeLine phone collection drives, generating funds that are donated to domestic violence charities located in each community.

The funds are used mainly to purchase wireless phones with airtime, which were distributed to victims by domestic violence shelters and government emergency responders.

"We're still getting far too many domestic violence calls. There's a police radio in my car and if you listen to it, it's not robberies. The violence just seems so prevalent. It's domestic violence, it's domestic violence, it's domestic violence," said Mayor Wharton.

Wireless phones have been distributed as part of HopeLine since 2001. They have proven to be literal lifelines for victims in emergency situations.

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