Verizon collects phones for domestic violence victims

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Colts fans helped survivors of domestic violence before Sunday’s game by donating used cell phones.

Verizon set up collection zones outside Lucas Oil Stadium for its Hopeline program that benefits Coburn Place Safe Haven in Indianapolis.

Leaders there say the phones provide a sense of security for clients.

“In an abusive relationship abusers can sometimes track their victims through their cell phone and their cell phone plans and these cell phones give somebody the anonymity they need to be safe and still be connected,” said Julia Kathary Executive Director Coburn Place Safe Haven.

This is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Hopeline donations will be collected at all Verizon Wireless stores through October. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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