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Clerk Bock Delivers Cell Phones To Local
Domestic Violence Agencies

Record-setting 269 phones donated to help Palm Beach County abuse victims

2010 Best Practices Award

Photo Caption: (Left to Right) Riunite Carter, Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc.; Clerk Sharon Bock; Mary Cauthen, YWCA Harmony House; Shandra Dawkins, Florida Resource Center for Women and Children, Inc.

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WEST PALM BEACH, FL (November 5, 2010) – Three local domestic violence agencies on Friday received much-needed donations of cell phones from Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock, whose office collected nearly 270 phones to benefit domestic abuse victims during its annual domestic violence awareness initiative.

The record-setting 269 phones collected by the Clerk’s office came from employee and customer donations. Hulett Environmental Services of West Palm Beach generously donated approximately 200 phones to the Clerk’s cell phone drive, after seeing a news report about the collection.

“Each one of these cell phones can potentially save lives,” Clerk Bock said. “I’m so grateful to Hulett Environmental Services, because they helped us make a difference for these agencies and for our community.”

The phones were split evenly between three agencies: Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, the Florida Resource Center for Women and Children, and the YWCA’s Harmony House. The agencies will send the donated phones to be refurbished and then distributed to their clients, who can use them to make emergency calls. The phones also can be connected with service providers so abuse victims – who often arrive at shelters with nothing – can use the phones for other calls as well.

Those phones that can’t be refurbished are recycled, with money going back to the domestic violence agencies.

This is the fifth year that the Clerk’s office has collected phones for domestic violence shelters.

The Clerk’s office is often a first stop for many domestic abuse victims, who visit the office to file injunctions against their abusers. The Clerk’s office Domestic Violence Department has many resources for victims, including information about how to file an injunction or complaint, answers to frequently asked questions, and contact information for agencies that assist domestic abuse victims.

“We see domestic violence victims every day in our offices, because we’re often the first people that victims see as they begin to pursue justice against their abusers,” Clerk Bock said. “That’s why, for the past five years, we’ve wanted to do more than help people at the counter. The cell phone donation drive is another way that we can make a difference for abuse victims, as well as assist the agencies that help these victims restart their lives.”

For more information about the Clerk’s office, please visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com or call (561) 355-2996.

 

The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents.  In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.

 

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