Cell Phones Donated to Genesis House

On behalf of DeKalb County Citizens, Sheriff Patrick Ray, on Thursday, presented donated cell phones, collected from citizens from the County, to DeKalb Court Advocate Kellie Nash from the Cookeville Genesis House.
Nash says “I want to thank the Citizens of DeKalb County for their cell phone donations. We take the donated phones, refurbish them, and give them to our clients as a way to contact Law Enforcement in case of an emergency. The cell phones only will call 911.”
Nash said that every 14 seconds in our country, a woman is battered by her intimate partner and every 5 years, more woman are killed by domestic violence than Americans killed in the Vietnam War.
Sheriff Ray echoes his concern for domestic violence. “Twenty percent of all murders are domestic violence related and seventy six percent of rapes and sexual assaults are committed by husbands, ex-husbands, boyfriends, family members or acquaintances. By this cooperative effort between the DeKalb Sheriff’s Department, the Citizens of DeKalb County, and the Genesis House of Cookeville, this will allow victims to obtain cell phones that are equipped to only call 911 dispatch if there is an emergency. The donated phones we have collected will be traded to phones of this type. If you have any unused cell phones and want to donate them to this cause, you may drop the used cell phones off at the DeKalb County Jail. The only item that is needed is the cell phones, no power cords are required.”
Sheriff Ray advises anyone who is a victim of Domestic Violence to contact him at the Sheriff’s Office at 597-4935 or call the 24 hour Genesis House Crisis Line at 1-800-707-5197 or 931-526-5197.

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