The Woodward News

Local News

October 20, 2012

High Plains Technology Center site for Silent Witness displays

Woodward, Okla. — Displays to raise awareness of domestic violence are coming to the High Plains Technology Center.

These "Silent Witness" displays will be exhibited at the technology Monday through Thursday.

Sponsored by Verizon Wireless, the Silent Witness displays are in recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month across the nation. The company is assisting the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (OCADVSA) in the effort.

IMAGES OF VICTIMS

Virginia Daril, public relations manager for Verizon Wireless-South Central Region, said the Silent Witness displays consist of life-sized cardboard cutouts of persons who died as the result of an domestic violence attack.

"The displays include a story about who the person was and how they died," Daril said. "They range from ages 3 to 77."

The displays will also offer information about what can be done to help stop domestic violence, including how abuse may be reported confidentially, she said.

"We're hoping for a good response because of the growing problem of domestic violence in Oklahoma, as well as across the nation," said Daril. "There's also information provided about giving support to victims that will be provided at the displays."

To learn more about domestic violence issues in Oklahoma, visit Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence website at  www.ocadvsa.org.

VERIZON PROVIDES ADDITIONAL HELP

Daril also spotlighted 2 programs the wireless company is involved with year-round to assist abuse victims.  One is HopeLine, through which donated and then refurbished phones are distributed to shelters and support organizations for use by persons who don't have a phone, in large measure as a way to report an attack.

"Since 2001, we've accepted phones from all manufacturers to upgrade and supply to the support organizations," Daril said.

There will be a drop box for phones at the silent witness displays, or phones may be turned in at Verizon retail stores.

Since the nearest Verizon stores to Woodward are located over an hour away in Alva or Guymon, Daril said that local residents also have the option of mailing in their old phones.

CUSTOMERS MAY DIAL #HOPE TO CONTACT SUPPORT

Verizon's other program, which began in 2002, is geared toward assisting Verizon customers. Wherever they are across the nation, Verizon customers can dial #HOPE and be connected to professional support confidentially. "This number is routed to the National Domestic Violence Hotline," Daril said. "For those who don't have a Verizon phone, it's (800) 799-7233."

1
Text Only
Local News
  • State board votes again to delay education plan

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's State Board of Education voted on Wednesday for a second time to delay a formal plan for adopting new education standards in math and English amid opposition to the proposal from three education groups that represent public school boards and administrators across Oklahoma.

    July 24, 2014

  • Winners of Cudd Legacy award named

    Three veterans of the oil industry will receive this year's Bobby Joe Cudd Legacy Award during the Tri-State Oil and Gas Convention on Aug. 7 at the Woodward Conference Center.

    July 24, 2014

  • Benefit gun raffles underway

    Woodward Reserve police officers and other Woodward full time officers have come together to support one of their own.

    July 24, 2014

  • Tulsa man looking for military friend

    There are times in everyone's life when you think back and wonder whatever happened to those old friends from your past.

    July 23, 2014

  • Zoning change approved by commission

    Monday night Woodward city commissioners unanimously approved a zoning change that was contested by one local man who was protesting because he wants the neighborhood to continue its residential growth.

    July 23, 2014

  • Tangier Reunion set for Saturday, Sunday

    When Barbara (Allison) Merwin thinks back to the years she spent in the classrooms of Tangier High School, it takes a few moments for her to recall how school life was 60 years ago.

    July 23, 2014

  • Traveler Majors take regional opener

    ALVA - The Traveler Majors continued their strong Connie Mack playoff showing at Northwestern Oklahoma State University Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • County OKs road use agreement

    Woodward County Commissioners on Monday approved a final version of a road use agreement between a energy company planning a wind turbine construction project near southeast Woodward County.

    July 22, 2014

  • Camp to show art is everywhere

    The Woodward Arts Theatre will become a recycling plant next week.

    July 22, 2014

  • Fairview Wrangler Rodeo turns 50 this year

    Western fun continues in Northwest Oklahoma as the Fairview Wrangler’s hosting their 50th annual rodeo.

    July 22, 2014