This is a Guest Post Courtesy of Verizon Wireless

Did you know one in three teens experience abuse in a dating relationship?

Even scarier – more than two-thirds of them never report the abuse? Dating violence is a serious issue on college campuses, and something that hits home to many students.

As Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month begins, teens and young adults are kicking off winter sessions in college.  Some may be returning to dorms full of friends, or inspiring classes.  However, others may be returning to abusive dating relationships.  This month, Verizon Wireless is taking steps to address the issue of dating violence on campuses, and is making it easy for students to get involved.

UHopeLine, an extension of Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine® from Verizon, encourages students to give back to victims of domestic violence by hosting phones drives to collect no-longer-used wireless devices from the people in their communities.  Through HopeLine, donated devices are recycled and turned into support for victims of domestic violence.   Refurbished phones are provided to local domestic violence organizations, or turned into cash grants which are then used to support the organizations.

Verizon Wireless is making it easy for students nationwide to get involved with the launch of UHopeLine’s new online tool kit.  Students and other members of the college community are encouraged to visit this free online kit and download the resources they need to host their own drives, collect donations and raise awareness of dating violence on campus.

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