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May-10-96

Maryland County Gives Phones to Domestic Violence Victims

A pilot program in Montgomery County, Maryland plans to supply women at risk of being abused by male partners cellular phones to call 911. The county sheriff's office began distributing twenty-five phones donated by Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile Thursday (5-9) to women who deputies considered to be in imminent danger. The women, victims of prior abuse and stalking, must be protected by a court order and be in reasonable fear of violence to qualify for the program. The phones will place only outgoing calls to 911. Officials in Montgomery and Frederick Counties are also considering a "panic alarm" necklace to protect women in their homes.

Media Resources: The Washington Post - May 10, 1996