Thursday, August 6, 2009

Action Alert: Click to Empower Domestic Violence Survivors

Financial Independence for Survivors

Domestic violence impacts the lives of women and their families. The Allstate Foundation supports survivors through resources targeted to build financial independence and educates the public on how hard it is for people to leave an abusive relationship without economic resources.

The Original 1-800-Charity Cars
provides free vehicles and vehicle support services to domestic violence survivors all across America. Reliable transportation empowers victims to leave their abusers and is a major factor in the success or failure of survivors transitioning to self-sufficiency.

Family Justice Centers
The Alliance supports agencies and communities around the country that provide all the services which victims of domestic violence need, under one roof. The Alliance’s partners serve survivors of domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, and sexual assault – helping them to break the cycle of violence and abuse by having all their services in one place. Victims can come to one place to see a counselor, talk to a detective, meet with a prosecutor, talk with a chaplain, consult with a doctor or nurse, obtain job training, or get help for their children. If we receive the most clicks, we are going to use the money for an Emergency Economic Assistance Fund for domestic violence victims receiving services in Family Justice Centers across the country.

Safe Horizon
Safe Horizon touches the lives of over 350,000 victims of violence and moves them from crisis to confidence. As the largest provider of domestic violence programs in the country, Safe Horizon helps hundreds of thousands of domestic violence survivors each year by providing them with 24-hour crisis hotlines, safe shelter, clothing, food, transportation, mental health counseling, guidance through the court system, security through changing door locks, counseling on financial literacy, and resume building. Safe Horizon also trains thousands of executives across the country about how to protect their employees from the impact of domestic violence in the workplace with its SafeWork initiative.

YWCA is the largest provider of comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and their children nationwide, including education and prevention programs, counseling services, emergency shelters, transitional housing, court accompaniment and child care for victims, as well as court-ordered anger management classes for offenders. YWCAs also offer economic empowerment programs for women, from financial literacy seminars to job training and GED classes. YWCA was the first women’s organization founded in the United States, now celebrating 150 years of service on behalf of women and girls.

The “ClickToEmpower Campaign” encourages visitors to support their favorite charity by voting daily for one of the following organizations which have partnered with The Allstate Foundation on domestic violence issues: YWCA USA, Safe Horizon, Family Justice Center Alliance and Charity Cars. The organization with the most votes by the end of the campaign will receive a $100,000 grant awarded by The Allstate Foundation.

* Charity Cars
* Family Justice Centers
* Safe Horizon

Posted by:
Jerin Alam
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force
National Organization for Women (NOW)

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