Alabama’s first lady has taken on domestic violence and is working to make things better for women in our state. Mrs. Dianne Bentley has made quite an impression on the people of Alabama since her husband, Dr. Robert Bentley, was elected Governor in 2010. The Montgomery native says she has learned a lot about Alabamians’ hardships, as well as their triumphs, in her role as First Lady. She is living a new life in the spotlight and in my opinion is handling it very well. Mrs. Bentley says since coming back to Montgomery she has learned “a lot about these things” and is concerned. She had this to say on the subject of domestic violence:
“These women could have gone for help, they could have gone for protection. But so many feel trapped. How sad that they didn’t have the information about all the resources that were out there.”
Mrs. Bentley has made domestic violence awareness one of her main causes, promoting the work of shelters and other programs that aid victims. She has teamed with Verizon Wireless and the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence on a program that collects used cell phones so they can be refurbished and sold, or sold for parts, with proceeds going to victims’ resources. Phones also are provided to victims so they can call 911 or a domestic violence hotline if needed. So far this year, Mrs. Bentley has helped collect more than 4,000 phones, in part through promoting drives at schools and among state employees. Folks can donate their phones at Verizon stores. The First Lady should be commended for getting involved in this most worthwhile and needed cause. She is definitely an asset to her husband and Alabamians are fortunate to have both of them working hard for them.
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