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4/19/07-Tyler

Cell Phones Needed For Victims Of Domestic Violence

Walking through the halls of the East Texas Crisis Center Amy Fowler is glad to see old friends, but it wasn't that many years ago she came here scared and looking for help.

"I was in a horribly abusive marriage and going through some really rough times with me and my daughter," says Fowler.

She remembers one night in particular where she says her ex-husband came home and quickly became violent.

"Dinner wasn't ready and things weren't done, and so he was already in a bad mood. He had come home and through a fit, and the abuse started. I started to go to the phone for help, because he had started getting physically violent, and I didn't know what else to do.  I went to the phone, and he immediately grabbed the phone and ripped the entire thing out of the wall," says Fowler.

With no way to call 911, Amy says she and her 9 year old daughter were left helpless. It's the very reason the Crisis Center gives all of their clients a used cell phone.

Carrie Brantley with the center says, "We like to have cell phones on us so we can provide the victim with one, whether they've been sexually assaulted or they're a victim of domestic violence, to be able to give them that safety of being able to call 911 if it happens again. Right now, we don't have any to take with us to the hospital. We don't have any to give to clients."

"The phone program first gives you the sense of security, the peace of mind to know; when you're here you feel safe, but then once you leave here, it's kind of a little safety net you know you have in your pocket," says Fowler.

She says for so many victims', this little piece of technology helps them take the first step out of dangerous situations.

To donate used cell phone:

Flamingos
107 W. 6th Street (Behind Joseph's Catering)
Hours:
Tuesday - Friday
10am - 6pm
Saturday
11am - 4pm

Mailing Address:

East Texas Crisis Center
P.O. Box 7060
Tyler, Texas 75711

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

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