Give Your Used Cell Phone to a Good Cause (Survivors of Domestic Violence)
Although I don’t use Verizon for my own cell phone service provider, I recently came across a Verizon wireless page about how you can donate your used cell phone for what they call “Hopeline“.
According to the Verizon website:
Hopeline connects survivors of domestic violence to vital resources, funds organizations nationwide and protects the environment.
What is a HopeLine Phone?
HopeLine phones are refurbished phones that are equipped with 3,000 anytime minutes of airtime and texting capabilities. They come with Verizon Wireless Nationwide Coverage, Call Forwarding, Call Waiting, 3-Way Calling, Caller ID, Basic Voice Mail and texting. HopeLine phones are available to survivors affiliated with participating domestic violence agencies.
Protecting the environment is a major focus for the HopeLine program. We collect no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition, from any service provider. Phones that can’t be reused are recycled responsibly under our zero landfill policy. Since 2001 our program has recycled 1.7 million wireless phones and kept more than 260 tons of electronic waste and batteries out of landfills.
Well, this is really interesting from a legal perspective and it sure has huge implications for victims of domestic violence, law enforcement and those against whom Domestice Abuse No Contact Orders (DANCOS) are enforced in Minnesota. There is a news segment on MPR News about how the issue of whether a court issuing a DANCO without any due proces to the person against whom they would be enforced is unconstitutional, and therefore any resulting DANCO violation is void. This is a big deal!
From the article:
The Minnesota Supreme Court has agreed to consider the constitutionality of a state law designed to protect the victims of domestic abuse.
An attorney for Bryan Ness is challenging the law, which allows judges to impose domestic abuse no-contact order s that prevent someone suspected of abuse from contacting the victim.
Authorities say Ness, 33, struck his wife in the head several times during a January 2011, argument at their Moorhead apartment. When he appeared in court the next day to face charges for the assault, a Clay County judge ordered him not to have any contact with his wife.
Such court orders are popular with prosecutors. According to court records, Minnesota judges issued nearly 11,000 DANCO orders last year.
The news segment (audio and text) is found here” “Law Protecting Domestic Abuse Victims Challenged in [Minnesota] State Supreme Court“.
I recently found a helpful brochure named “Domesic Violence Victim’s Guide to Getting a Good Attorney” created by the Minnesota State Bar Association. It covers topics such as cirumstances that make it especially important to hire an attorney, how to find an attorney with experience, how to select from the names you find, expectations for an attorney and cost and payment for legal services. They also list the names and phone numbers for various Minnesota organizations that help people experiencing domestic violence.
Author of this post: Carl Arnold, Attorney and Mediator
http://www.yoursocialworker.com is a well-developed website created by Candian Social Worker Gary Direnfeld. He has plenty of helpful posts and even videos related to divorce and separation and parenting at www.yoursocialworker.com.
Here are just a few of the topics he addresses:
Marital Therapy Explained
Affairs Are About Anything But Love
Check the Pulse Before Pulling the Plug [on your marriage]
Married Boomers Face Their Own Perfect Storm
First comes love, then comes marriage…
Thinking of an affair? Then think again.
Separating from an Abusive Partner
Right of First Refusal
Introducing New Partner [to your children] Too Fast, Too Soon
Moving After a Separation [and your children]
Children’s Mental Health and Intervention in View of Domestic Violence, Parental Alcoholism and Parental Separation
Parenting Plan Considerations
Divorcing? Preserve Your Assets and Relationships with Cooler Heads
Family Professional Support Through the Separation/Divorce Process
Considering a Parenting Coordinator?
Forget Harmony, Settle for Peace [in high conflict families]
From Position To Interest [on parenting plans] While Managing Adjustment
Parenting Plans From a Kid’s Eye View
Keeping A Child Away From The Other Parent Can Backfire
Need Help Sorting Out A Parenting Plan?
Parenting Plan Worksheet
Lower divorce rates and Marital Therapy
Parent Alienation Syndrome
Mediation [parenting plans]
Author of this post: Carl Arnold, Attorney/Mediator
Filed under Video, Websites
Here’s a link to a very helpful “Basic Guide to Minnesota Divorce Law” from the Minnesota Legal Services Coalition State Support Center.
Issues addressed include:
DEFINITIONS – DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS BEFORE THE DIVORCE?
WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS IF I AM BEING ABUSED, HURT OR THREATENED?
WHAT ARE THE GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE?
WHO MAY ASK FOR A DIVORCE?
WHAT DOES THE COURT DECIDE IN A DIVORCE?
HOW MUCH WILL A DIVORCE COST?
HOW LONG WILL A DIVORCE TAKE?
WHAT ARE THE STEPS IN A DIVORCE PROCEEDING?
WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS AFTER THE DIVORCE?
WHO CAN HELP ME WITH A DIVORCE?
Author of this post: Carl Arnold, Attorney/Mediator
Looking for legal representation and have low income or no income? Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) offers free legal representation to low income people in Rice County and surrounding counties. Their intake hotline is 888-575-2954. Their website is http://www.smrls.org. SMRLS handles family law cases such as divorce, domestic violence, custody and other legal issues.
Author of this post: Carl Arnold