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Comox Valley RCMP Accepting Old Cell Phones For Victims Of Domestic Violence

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 8:11 AM

By Jay Herrington

If you’ve got an old cell phone kicking around, you might consider handing it off to the Comox Valley RCMP Special Victims Unit.

For several years now, the Comox Valley RCMP Special Victims Unit has been taking donations of old cell phones, cleaning them up, and handing them out to victims of intimate partner violence.

When you’re hurt, feeling unsafe or threatened, you should call for help – but what if you don’t have a phone?

During a violent encounter, a person may be frantically looking for a device to call emergency personnel to either de-escalate the situation or provide emergency assistance.

The donated phones will serve as a potential lifeline for victims of domestic violence in the Comox Valley - both during and after an emergency.

If you would like to donate a phone, please ensure the following:

  • The phone uses a SIM card only (older phones cannot be used on modern networks)

  • The phone does not have a cracked screen

  • The phone has a battery

  • Apple devices must be signed out of the Apple ID and passcode turned off

  • Android devices must be signed out of Google play or any other account that links the owner to the phone

  • Please include a charger if possible

Phones can be dropped off at the Comox Valley RCMP Detachment at 800 Ryan Rd., in Courtenay, BC.

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