Today is the first anniversary of “NO MORE Day”. March 13, 2013 was the launch of the first universal symbol to end domestic violence and sexual assault. Today, advocates and supporters everywhere will join together to unite their voices to say #NOMOREday – NO MORE SILENCE…NO MORE VIOLENCE.
Why do we at the Town of Palm Beach United Way think that’s important?
- Nearly 1 in 3 women experience domestic violence in their lifetime.
- An estimated 3.3 million children in the United States are exposed to violence by family members against their mothers or female caretakers.
- In 2012, there were 5,391 domestic violence offenses in Palm Beach County.
- In 2013, there were 16 domestic-related murders, an increase from 11 in 2012.
- 1 in 5 teens report having been hit, slapped or pushed by a partner.
- And Julie.
Meet Julie. Julie was a victim of severe domestic abuse. She lived with her two daughters and boyfriend of two years. At some point in their relationship her boyfriend became verbally abusive and this eventually led to physical abuse. Fearing for herself and her children Julie began seeking help.
Thankfully in 2013, Julie found the SafetyNet program at HomeSafe – a Town of Palm Beach United Way partner agency for 20 years.
“At first, I was just paralyzed with fear,” Julie said. “SafetyNet gave me the support I needed to take control of my life.” After only six months in the program, Julie began overcoming her fears. Upon deciding that it was in her best interest to relocate, SafetyNet therapists provided Julie with the resources she needed to make her goal a reality.
“Participating in the SafetyNet program helped me become a stronger person emotionally,” said Julie. “I don’t know where I would be without the SafetyNet program. Participating in this program gave me the tools to move forward.”
The Town of Palm Beach United Way is dedicated to preventing domestic violence in Palm Beach County and providing support to victims through shelters, legal services and agencies that advocate for victims. This year we invested $416,508 in programs to help victims and aid in the prevention of domestic abuse and family violence.
The Town of Palm Beach United Way funds local nonprofit organizations that work to prevent violence before it happens. Teaching kids as young as elementary school about healthy relationships, how to identify abuse, risk factors for violence and what to do in an abusive situation helps to prepare them for relationships and adulthood.
Getting out of an abusive situation can be extremely challenging. Abuse stems from control, and it often takes professional intervention for a person to fully escape. The Town of Palm Beach United Way funds everything from violence crisis lines to shelters for abuse survivors.
Safety is the first step for an individual or family who has survived abuse, but it’s often not the end of the healing. Individuals and families who have survived abuse typically need other services such as therapy, job training, basic needs support, financial independence education, childcare, self-esteem support and more. The Town of Palm Beach United Way is committed to supporting a system of agencies that work together to help heal families.
We also provide
- Funding for local non-profits that support victims of domestic violence and people in need of legal services
- Funding for 2-1-1, a free, confidential, 24/7 helpline that connects callers to resources for shelters, protective services, counseling and more.
ABOUT THE TOWN OF PALM BEACH UNITED WAY
Since 1945, the Town of Palm Beach United Way has invested more than $60 million into Palm Beach County because of generous donors who live or work on the island of Palm Beach. We advance the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three building blocks of education, health and income. The Town of Palm Beach United Way recruits people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become part of the change. For more information, call us at 561.655.1919 or visit www.palmbeachunitedway.org.