The Dallas-based Mary Kay Foundation has announced grants totaling $3 million to a hundred and fifty domestic violence shelters in all fifty states, boosting its support for such organizations to $31 million since 2000.
Awarded in conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which starts October 1, the grants of $20,000 will be used to fund domestic violence prevention efforts, educate local communities, provide shelter and rehabilitation for survivors, and help keep shelters open. According to a 2009 survey by the foundation, three out of four shelters nationally reported an increase in women seeking assistance from abuse in the wake of the financial crisis and ensuing economic downturn.
"The economy is exacerbating domestic violence, and the demand for victim services is up," said Sue Else, president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. "We applaud the Mary Kay Foundation for stepping up and making this significant investment in life-saving domestic violence services."
For a complete list of 2012 shelter grant recipients, visit the Mary Kay Foundation Web site.