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Donating phones to domestic violence survivors in Indianapolis

Posted at 8:59 AM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-30 08:59:34-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Being able to connect with friends, family, and law enforcement is essential for survivors of domestic violence.

Money raised in Indianapolis will now help provide survivors with cell phones.

'TCC Gives' is a non-profit that started in 2017. Since then, the group has expanded to six states and have given 770 survivors smartphones and data service.

Ahead of Sunday's Colts game, TCC held a tailgating event at the Crane Bay Event Center. The group says providing a phone to a survivor helps ensure the safety and security to start over.

"The phone is one way that someone can reach out… you might be able to save a life," Deb Jacobs, a domestic violence survivor, said. "That does make a difference."

"It allows a survivor who's going through the trauma and drama associated with that event ... to have a phone to connect to family, friends, schools, lawyers, therapists to try to get their feet on the ground," Julie Moorehead executive director of TCC Gives, said.

TCC partners with six domestic violence organizations in Indiana, including The Julian Center and Coburn Place.

If you would like to help, you can donate your old phone to TCC at 22 Verizon stores across Indianapolis.