DV Safe Phone has been established to collect donations of unused phones from the public, test the phones to ensure they function correctly and distribute them to victims of domestic violence. Their mission has been strengthened by securing a partnership with Jeep Dealerships nationwide, as it works to help ensure victims of domestic violence have access to a mobile phone.
With drop-off points now at Jeep Dealerships in every state across Australia, people will be able to donate their unused working mobile phones to be repurposed for victims of domestic violence through DV Safe Phones. DV Safe Phone collects, tests and repairs mobile devices, ensuring they function correctly, before distributing them to victims of domestic violence together with registered not-for-profit the Red Rose Foundation.
Ashton Wood, DV Safe Phone founder, highlighted how the current impact of COVID-19 has sparked an increase in domestic violence reports, as it leaves many victims of domestic abuse locked a home and in isolation with their abuser.
“Many households have at least one old mobile phone at the bottom of a draw, which has been forgotten about. What people don’t realise is that this phone may just save a life.
“DV Safe Phone was started as a pilot in Queensland, with the aim to collect 300 unused mobile phones by the end of May 2020, we surpassed that number in three short weeks and were looking for a way to take this national, for people all over Australia to get involved.
“What we really needed was a company with a national presence, a brand people would recognise and somewhere with ample parking for phone drop-offs. Jeep Dealerships were the obvious choice.
“I’m thrilled that the Jeep Dealers are getting behind this cause and helping to make it easy for people to donate their phones. Together, we will help save lives,” Mr Wood said.
This announcement coincides with DV Safe Phone’s confirmation that the pilot was a total success and the service is now offered nationally, with drop-off points now accessible at any of the 69 Jeep Dealerships in Australia.
Managing Director of FCA Australia, Kevin Flynn, said he was eager for the Jeep Dealer network to help mobile phone access become even more available to people in need.
“FCA Australia is honoured to be working with such an important cause, especially during this challenging and unprecedented time. Opening up the Jeep Dealer network as drop-off point locations across the nation will allow Australian’s to easily donate unwanted and discarded devices to help support those struggling,” said Mr Flynn.
Further details can be found at www.dvsafephone.com.au.
Photograph by Jeep Australia.