Mayor Matt Hayek presented Chief Hargadine with the Verizon HopeLine Champion Award, which recognizes select law enforcement agencies or individuals across the country for extraordinary commitment to preventing domestic violence and raising community awareness. DVIP Executive Director Kristie Fortmann-Doser of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) recommended the Iowa City Police Department for the award for their work as part of the Iowa City Domestic Abuse Response Team.
In recognition of the award, DVIP will receive a $10,000 HopeLine grant from Verizon that will be used to provide critical services for victims, as well as advanced domestic violence training for law enforcement officers, prosecutors, victim advocates, victim service providers, and others involved in the criminal justice system.
Verizon’s HopeLine program collects wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider, and uses them to support victims of domestic violence through prevention and awareness organizations. Donations may be made locally to the Verizon Store located at 1815 2nd Street in Coralville. For more information on the HopeLine program, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.
DVIP is a nonprofit organization serving Johnson and seven other counties with education, services, and advocacy for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and human trafficking. Their 24-hour crisis line is 800-373-1043. For more information, visit www.dvipiowa.org.
For more information, contact Sgt. Scott Gaarde at 319-356-5293.