Saving Lives…One Phone at a Time
It’s Tuesday at 10am and you have probably looked at your phone more times than you can count. Now imagine what your day would be like if you didn’t have your phone and how we often take for granted what access to a phone can do for us.
For victims of domestic violence, access to a wireless phone and service, along with a voice mailbox, can help them rebuild their lives; it gives them the means to communicate with family, friends, agency and shelter support staff, and current or prospective employers.
NYJL Crisis Intervention members learned about this need from their community partner – New York Presbyterian Hospital’s Domestic & Other Violence Emergencies (DOVE). With the support of their Council Head, the Crisis Intervention committee has set forth on a path to address this issue and get one step closer to putting an end to domestic violence and rape.
During this year’s Après Ski Soirée – Alpine Chalet, the Astor House Events committee spotlighted the Crisis Intervention committee and their partnership with DOVE. Before, during, and after the party, guests were encouraged to purchase a prepaid cell phone to connect survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to vital resources. In total, 75 phones and $175 in phone cards were collected (with more on the way). The donated phones were delivered to the DOVE Program Coordinator on February 21 during the last day of training for new NYJL advocates. On March 1, the first survivor was given a phone.
Domestic violence is a national problem that impacts communities, neighbors, coworkers, friends and family members. The Domestic and Other Violence Emergencies (DOVE) Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital is committed to provide free, compassionate and comprehensive care to victims of violent crimes for ages 12 and above including, domestic violence, physical and sexual assault. The DOVE Program also collaborates with other service providers in order to develop, expand and strengthen the comprehensive services to the adults and families affected by violent crime.