Because of the generosity of the community, the Prescott Valley Police Department (PVPD) Family Violence Unit has been able to provide local victims of domestic violence donated cellphones and phone cards needed for basic communication.
“Sadly, victims of domestic violence are often isolated by their abusers,” said Jerry Ferguson, PVPD spokesperson. “One method used to further isolate and control victims is to prevent access to a phone through either taking or damaging the phone. The provision of these phones has been shown to be an invaluable tool in assisting victims who may be at an increased risk of being re-assaulted or victimized.”
Among other things, victims need these phones to gain important updates on their cases, such as defendant release information, court information, to contact victim services, to contact or make doctor appointments, find safe places for relocation, or to contact family or friends to assist with safety planning after a domestic violence incident.
In a recent round of donations, a sufficient number of phones were received by the PVPD Family Violence Unit to meet the demand they were facing, Ferguson said. Numerous donations were received from private citizens and large donations came from organizations such as the Arizona Rangers Lonesome Valley Company, Wal-Mart #3730 and the MI Windows Charitable Foundation.
However, further donations will support future needs, Ferguson said. Therefore, those wishing to turn in old cellphones they are not using may do so by dropping them off at the Step One Community Center, 6719 E 2nd Street, Suite C, in Prescott Valley, for recycling.
For further information, you may call the PVPD Family Violence Unit (FVU) at 928-772-5625.