EMERGENCY CELL PHONE
February of 2001, The Shelby County Prosecutor's office began an Emergency Cell Phone Project. Since that
time, the Prosecutor’s Office has collected hundreds of
used cell phones for use by the Victims Assistance
perfectly good cell phones that people no longer use
because they have upgraded their phones or service. The
Prosecutor’s Office, through our Victim Assistance
Program, hands these phones out, free of charge, to
victims of domestic violence and other crimes.
the Prosecutor’s Office provides every police officer in
the county with emergency cell phone safety packages.
Each package contains a cell phone, charger, emergency
instructions, personal safety information and contact
numbers. Officers then have the kits available to hand
out anytime that they respond to a domestic violence
situation where a victim’s safety is at risk.
necessary that the phones have active service. As long
as the phones work they are capable of dialing 9-1-1.
They cannot be used for any other purpose. Often we find
that our victims, particularly victims of domestic
abuse, don’t have phone service, or that they are in
transition from one residence to another. Having the
ability to call 9-1-1, no matter where they are, does
wonders for their safety and their sense of security.
phones or phones which are not needed for the program
are recycled and the proceeds used by the Prosecutor’s
Office for victim-related and other expenses.
may be dropped off at the Prosecutor’s Office during
business hours or at other convenient locations
throughout Shelbyville. Anyone needing an emergency
phone can contact the Prosecutor’s Victim Assistance