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Statewide phone drive to raise money for domestic violence prevention

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky is kicking off a statewide phone drive to raise money for domestic violence prevention training.

Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson announced the program Wednesday, saying one in every three women in Kentucky will become victims of domestic violence during their lifetime.

During the drive "Hopeline" collection boxes will be placed around government buildings where you can drop off cellphones and other accessories.

Verizon wireless will take the used cellphones in any condition and will donate a cash grant.

Pat Byron spoke about losing her daughter in 1993 when her ex-boyfriend killed her as she was leaving work.

"He left jail determined to finish a job that he had started. He waited for her as she left work and on her 21st birthday he shot her and killed her," Byron said.

The goal is to collect 3,500 phones, representing the number of Kentucky women and children who spent at least one night in a domestic violence shelter last year.

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