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CLERK & COMPTROLLER COLLECTING CELL PHONES FOR ABUSE VICTIMS

Donated cell phones and charger will go to two local domestic violence shelters

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (September 29, 2014) – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and for the ninth year, Clerk Sharon Bock needs Palm Beach County’s help to support domestic abuse victims.

Throughout October, the Clerk & Comptroller’s office will collect used cell phones and chargers that will be donated to Palm Beach County’s two state-licensed domestic violence shelters – Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse and the YWCA Harmony House. Last year, the office collected more than 300 cell phones.

“Anyone who has read the newspaper or watched TV lately has seen or heard more about domestic abuse, because of these recent high-profile cases involving professional athletes,” Clerk Bock said. “These cases remind us that anyone can be a victim of abuse, regardless of income or social status. During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I urge anyone who has an used cell phone or charger to donate it to our cell phone drive so victims can contact friends and family to let them know they are safe.”

The Clerk’s office is often a first stop for many domestic abuse victims, who visit the office to file injunctions against their abusers. The Clerk’s office’s Domestic Violence Department has many resources for victims, including information about how to file an injunction or complaint, answers to frequently asked questions and contact information for agencies that assist domestic abuse victims.

Phones and chargers will be accepted from October 1 through October 31 at the following locations:

  • Belle Glade: Room S-100, West County Courthouse
  • Delray Beach: Room 1S-127, South County Courthouse
  • Palm Beach Gardens: Room 1211, North County Courthouse
  • West Palm Beach: Room 3.22, third floor, Main Courthouse
  • Royal Palm Beach: Suite 500, Midwestern Communities Service Center

 

All phones are refurbished, and personal information removed from them, after they are given to the domestic violence agencies. The agencies then give the phones to their clients so they can make emergency calls. The phones also can be connected with cellular service providers so abuse victims can use the phones for other calls.

Phones that can’t be refurbished will be recycled, with money going back to the domestic violence agencies to help them continue their important work within the community.

For more information about the Clerk’s office, please visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com or call
(561) 355-2996.

The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents. In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.

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