Wipe the dust off that old mobile phone to help save a life.
That’s the message from Safer Merton who is encouraging people to donate their old mobile phones in support of the latest campaign from The Body Shop and Women’s Aid, ‘Help Stop Violence at Home’.
As part of the campaign, old mobile phones in working or non-working order will be transformed into alarms by Fones for Safety and given to victims of domestic violence. These alarms will provide a free one-touch dial service to 999 and also receive incoming calls for added reassurance.
The ‘Help Stop Violence at Home’ campaign began 10 years ago in Canada in an effort to highlight the extent of domestic violence and raised more than £120,000 when it was launched in the UK last year. The money was used to establish a new website providing advice and information to women affected by domestic violence.
According to national charity Women’s Aid, one in four women experience domestic violence in their lifetime and two women a week are killed as a result of domestic violence in the UK.
Anybody wishing to donate an old mobile phone to Safer Merton can do so by leaving it with staff at Morden library or posting it to: Safer Merton, Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, SM4 5DX. For more information phone Ellen Tabback, Domestic Violence Coordinator on 020 8545 3620.