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Ring donates cameras to St. Louis-area domestic violence survivors

As many as 1,000 survivors of domestic and sexual violence in the St. Louis area will get the gift of extra security this holiday season.

The home security company Ring announced Monday that it is partnering with Safe Connections to provide clients with a wireless door security camera and a basic subscription that allows videos to be stored for up to 60 days.

Cynthia Danley, interim CEO of Safe Connections, called the initiative an “incredible tool” to reduce the anxiety of domestic violence survivors who have been able to leave their abusers.

“They can see who is at their door, and that allows them to see if they want to go answer the door,” she said. “And if it’s the abuser, or someone that they are not comfortable with, they can contact law enforcement. It just gives that extra sense of safety and support.”

The cameras require stable and secure internet, which means people who rely on hotspots are not eligible. But Danley said other partner agencies of the United Way can help clients of Safe Connection get discounted internet services.

Mayor Tishaura Jones (right) listens to Cynthia Danley, the interim chief executive officer of Safe Connections, at a press conference on December 6, 2021
Rachel Lippmann
St. Louis Public Radio
Cynthia Danley (left), the interim executive director of Safe Connections, speaks Monday about a donation of 1,000 cameras from the home security company Ring. Mayor Tishaura Jones helped connect Ring and the agency, which supports survivors of domestic violence.

St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones learned about Ring’s camera donation initiative from an acquaintance who works at Amazon. She said an October roundtable on the issue of domestic violence, which included representatives of Safe Connections, led her to connect Ring with the agency.

“We are here today because this is a part of reimagining public safety,” Jones said. “It’s using innovative technology and tangible tools to help people who need it most."

In addition to the cameras, Ring announced Monday a $20,000 donation to Safe Connections. Danley said her initial reaction to the surprise gift was joy.

“Especially unexpected funds, it allows us to do something positive, something great solely for our clients,” Danley said.

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Rachel is the justice correspondent at St. Louis Public Radio.

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