Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition Receives Grant From Verizon to Assist Victims of Domestic Violence

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LINCOLN, Neb., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Nebraska domestic violence prevention advocates will learn how to use the latest technology to help keep abuse survivors safe, thanks to a new partnership between the Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition (NDVSAC) and Verizon.

Funded through a $10,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, the new program will offer face-to-face and web-based seminars designed to educate domestic violence advocates throughout Nebraska on the use of cutting-edge technology. They will then share this critical information with domestic violence survivors, support groups and law enforcement officials in their communities.

"The Coalition is pleased to partner with Verizon, a corporate leader in supporting innovative solutions to end domestic violence," said Lynne Lange, NDVSAC's executive director. " It is critical that we help educate advocates on the ground to harness the benefits of technology and increase their capacity to serve victims and survivors."

Providing more resources for those advocates who directly work with the survivors of domestic violence, makes sense for Verizon, according to Seamus Hyland, president–Great Plains Region, Verizon Wireless. "This initiative will enable victims and survivors throughout Nebraska to become familiar with the latest communications tools," said Hyland.

"I applaud the Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition (NDVSAC) and Verizon for coming together to provide survivors with life-saving information," said Attorney General Jon Bruning. "Partnerships like these make a positive impact on the communities they serve."

Verizon Wireless has supported domestic violence awareness and prevention efforts over the last decade through the company's award-winning HopeLine® phone recycling program.  Through HopeLine, Verizon Wireless collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories, in any condition, from any wireless service provider. Phones that can be refurbished are sold for reuse and those without value are disposed of in an environmentally sound way. All proceeds benefit non-profit shelters and organizations that focus on domestic violence awareness and prevention. Over the last five years, Nebraskans have donated more then 25,000 phones to HopeLine and since the program began more then 7 million phones have been recycled or refurbished.

The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education through its free educational website, Verizon Thinkfinity (, and fosters awareness and prevention of domestic violence.  In 2009, the Verizon Foundation awarded $67.9 million in grants to nonprofit agencies in the U.S. and abroad.  It also matched the charitable donations of Verizon employees and retirees, resulting in $26.1 million in combined contributions to nonprofits.  Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the nation's largest employee volunteer programs, Verizon employees and retirees have volunteered more than 5 million hours of community service since 2000. For more information on the foundation, visit

About the Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition

The Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition is a statewide advocacy organization committed to the prevention and elimination of sexual and domestic violence. They work to enhance safety and justice for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault by supporting and building upon the services provided by the network of local programs.

About Verizon

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 92 million customers nationwide.  Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon last year generated consolidated revenues of more than $107 billion.  For more information, visit

SOURCE Verizon Wireless