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Avon grant to help empower victims of domestic violence

December 20, 2013

The Avon Foundation for Women has awarded a $65,000 one-year grant to the Solano County District Attorney's Office of Family Violence Prevention. 

The grant is in support of the Avon Domestic Violence Survivor Empowerment Program, which provides annual funding for 19 full-time economic empowerment coordinator positions in domestic violence agencies across the United States. Since the Avon Domestic Violence Survivor Empowerment Program launched, the Avon Foundation has supported 85 coordinator positions throughout the country by providing nearly $5 million in grants.

The critical funds awarded to the Office of Family Violence Prevention will make an immediate difference to domestic violence survivors in Solano County.  Coordinators help provide domestic violence survivors with vital resources and economic empowerment tools necessary to develop self-sufficiency, so that they are able to lead independent, violence-free lives. 

This program will be implemented in partnership with LIFT3 Support Group and Domestic Violence Shelter which is currently providing similar services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault at the Solano Family Justice Center.  LIFT3 staff has extensive experience in working with survivors to gain skills that will assist them in supporting themselves outside of violent relationships.  

"In the U.S., one in every four women has experienced partner violence or abuse during her lifetime. One of the primary reasons victims of domestic violence remain in these relationships is because they are financially dependent on their abuser.  With the funds provided by the Avon Foundation for Women, we will be able to provide much needed training and support so that these women can move forward and achieve safety and gain financial independence." said Carolyn Wold, Director of the Office of Family Violence Prevention and the Solano Family Justice Center.

The 2013 Avon Domestic Violence Survivor Empowerment Program is part of the Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence initiative, which launched in 2004 to help end the cycle of domestic violence. The Avon Foundation for Women has donated nearly $38 million for domestic and gender violence programs in the United States, including support for awareness, education, direct service and prevention.

“The Avon Foundation for Women is committed to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and is proud to support the Solano County District Attorney’s Office of Family Violence Prevention, said Avon Foundation for Women President Carol Kurzig. “Research illustrates that domestic violence victims are less likely to leave an abusive relationship— and stay away from their abusers— if they have limited hope of achieving independent economic stability. With the help of these hands-on coordinators, we hope that more women in Solano County can end the cycle of abuse and ensure safety for themselves and their families.”

The Solano Family Justice Center opened its doors at 604 Empire St. in Fairfield on April 1, 2013 and has served more than 200 survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child and elder abuse.  For more information, go to solanocounty.com/stoptheviolence or call 784-7683.

Avon Foundation for Women

The Avon Foundation for Women, the world’s largest corporate-affiliated philanthropy focused on issues that matter most to women, was founded in 1955 to improve the lives of women. Through 2012, Avon global philanthropy, led by the Avon Foundation, has donated more than $910 million in more than 50 countries for causes most important to women. Today, Avon philanthropy focuses on funding breast cancer research and access to care through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, and efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. Visit www.avonfoundation.org for more information.

Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence

The Avon Foundation for Women launched Speak Out Against Domestic Violence in 2004 to support domestic violence awareness, education and prevention programs aimed at reducing domestic and gender violence, as well as direct services for victims and their families. Through 2013, the Avon Foundation for Women has donated nearly $38 million in the United States to support domestic violence programs, services and education. Globally, Avon supports efforts to end violence against women in nearly 50 countries by raising funds through special product sales and raising awareness through events and with educational information disseminated by more than 6 million global Avon Representatives. Visit www.avonfoundation.org for more information.

To learn more about the Avon Foundation for Women Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program, visit www.avonfoundation.org, where you can also access a free printable Domestic Violence and Dating Abuse Resource Guide in English and Spanish.