New York, T-Mobile donates 1,000 smartphones to victims of domestic violence

Written by Ryan Johnston

New York City is providing 1,000 mobile devices to victims of domestic violence and “gender-based violence” under new deal with T-Mobile, the mayor’s office said on Monday to end domestic and gender-based violence .

The city said smartphones will be provided through family justice centers in each of the city’s five boroughs. Recipients of the devices can go to any T-Mobile store in New York City and receive a discounted service plan without a credit check, the company said. At least 58 homicides in New York City last year were attributed to spousal or family violence, according to the bureau, up from five in 2019. The New York City Police Department reports that it responded to more than 230 000 domestic incident reports in 2020.

The European Commission defines gender-based violence as “violence directed against a person because of their sex or violence that disproportionately affects people of a particular gender”.

“The survivors need us more than ever in these extraordinary times,” Cécile Noël, commissioner of the anti-violence office, said in a statement. “COVID-19 highlights the vulnerabilities that many people in our city face every day, especially survivors of gender-based violence; and it highlights the obstacles and challenges that we know prevent people from seeking help and finding safety. “

The initiative, which also involves the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, is the latest ENDGBV program to support survivors with new technologies. In February, the two offices partnered with NortonLifeLock to donate 2,000 one-year Norton 360 Deluxe licenses, cybersecurity software, which survivors can use on their cellphones, computers and tablets to prevent attackers from tracking. their location or communications.

The ENDGBV office is also offering free device privacy checks to survivors through partnerships with Cornell Tech and the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, according to the office.

“Connectivity is essential. All New Yorkers – especially the most vulnerable among us – deserve the full combination of affordable internet, user-friendly device access and digital services, ”said the New York CTO, John Paul Farmer, in the press release. “As society continues to fight the widespread effects of the pandemic, nowhere is this more true or more urgent than for survivors of gender-based violence. “

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