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Leahy: Cellphone bill will benefit domestic violence victims

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BURLINGTON, Vt. - Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy said Monday he hopes a bill approved by Congress will help victims of domestic violence get cellphones that can serve as 911 lifelines in case of emergency.
The bill sponsored by Leahy and approved last week gives consumers the chance to switch cellphone carriers without changing phones. Organizations like Women Helping Battered Women hope that change leads to more donations of used phones so they can give them out to victims of abuse.

"Denying access to cellphones and other telecom devices is a tactic used by abusive partners to keep victims of abuse isolated and afraid," said Emily Fredette with Women Helping Battered Women.

"For many women who are gonna get it, cell phones can be a lifeline," said Leahy, D-Vermont.

The bill extends to all cellphone customers. President Obama says he will sign the bill into law. 

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