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Council initiative turns old phones into lifelines

In Australia on average, a woman is killed every nine days in acts of domestic violence.

It’s a horrifying statistic and one of the reasons why Lake Macquarie City Council has partnered with DV Safe Phone, a registered charity that collects, repairs and hands out free mobile phones to domestic violence survivors across Australia.

Old, unused phones donated by local residents will help domestic violence victims connect to the people and services they need most.

“So many of us have old phones tucked away in bedside drawers or wherever else,” Manager Community Partnerships Andrew Bryant said.

“This initiative gives those phones a second life, and gives people in very traumatic situations some much-needed assistance.”

The campaign launch coincides with this year’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, an international campaign calling for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

Phone drop-off points will be in place at Morisset Multi-purpose Centre, Cameron Park Community Centre, Charlestown Library and Swansea Library. For more information visit go to lakemac.com.au.