Thank you for considering our request. All funding received will be used toward our internet and computer capabilities in providing services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. With this funding, we would be able to provide a YouTube video. Domestic violence involves... Read More
Thank you for considering our request. All funding received will be used toward our internet and computer capabilities in providing services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. With this funding, we would be able to provide a YouTube video.
Domestic violence involves violence against children, parents, and the elderly. It can take many forms: physical, verbal, emotional, economic, religious, reproductive, and sexual. And it exists everywhere.
1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner (CDC).
1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner (CDC).
Nearly half of both women and men in the U.S. have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner (CDC).
1 in 3 adolescents in the United States is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner (Love is Respect).
1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old (NSVRC).
1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men will be raped in their lifetime (CDC).
Someone is sexually assaulted in the U.S. every 73 seconds, every 9 minutes the victim is a child. (RAINN).
The domestic part does not matter. Violence is Violence.
Social isolation is one of the most prominent tactics used by abusers to distance victims from their support networks (Coohey 2007; Menjívar and Salcido 2002). Isolation=dependency. Now that physical isolation is a government-sanctioned approach; cases of domestic violence have increased significantly (van Gelder et al. 2020). In the United States, the National Domestic Violence Hotline is reporting a substantial surge in calls from victims (https://www.kalb.com/content/news/Domestic-violence-calls-increase-locally-nationwide-during-COVID-19-pandemic%2D%2D569689371.html). Advocates Against Family Violence is also experiencing this, often with the need to address those calls in new ways. We are providing unprecedented numbers of counseling, safety plans, and civil protection order conferences through phone calls.
AAFV’s ability to provide support in non-face-to-face ways is more than challenged. We are in desperate need of more reliable internet, as well as the equipment to support online and tele-counselling, advocacy, and classes. We must be able to assist victims in whatever manner is possible for them. And we need your help to make that happen.
As is common in non-profit environments, updating/upgrading staff computers was a low priority. It is now essential for the well-being of our clients.
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Laurie works as a consultant and part-time grant developer with Advocates Against Family Violence. The more she learns about them and everything they are doing, the more she wants to help. Their efforts to put an end to domestic violence by reaching children and teens early is unmatched
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