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October 20, 2017

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: 5 ways the Town of Palm Beach United Way takes a stand against domestic violence abuse

by PBUnitedWay

The statistics related to domestic violence are staggering.

More than 1 in 3 women have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime, according to the National Network to End Domestic Violence. One in five women and 1 in 77 men has experienced rape in her or his lifetime.

One in four girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18, according to NNEDV. Domestic violence has been estimated to cost employers in the United States up to $13 billion each year.

Palm Beach County ranks 7th out of 67 counties in Florida for highest number of domestic violence offenses and 3rd highest for domestic violence homicides. In 2016, there were 4,921 reported domestic violence offenses in Palm Beach County, including six for murder, 64 for forcible rape, 1,014 for aggravated assault and 43 for stalking.

This year, The Town of Palm Beach United Way invested $213,000 in domestic violence services in Palm Beach County.

Here’s a list of agencies and programs we help fund:

  • AID TO VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE (www.avdaonline.org)
    • Extended Shelter – $52,000 AVDA
      The extended shelter provides housing, food and support services to 115 victims of domestic abuse who have extenuating circumstances that require an extended length of stay beyond the six weeks in AVDA’s emergency shelter. There is no other extended shelter program for victims of domestic violence in Palm Beach County.
    • Outreach – $27,000
      The Outreach program provides violence prevention programming for 5,300 Palm Beach County students and intervention services for victims of domestic violence. Services include counseling, legal advocacy and safety planning.
  •  HOME SAFE (www.helphomesafe.org22382152_1554954414565931_7705525701173500352_o
    • SafetyNet Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention – $81,000
      The SafetyNet program offers a wide variety of services to 520 victims of family violence, including year-round therapeutic support. It teaches critical skills aimed at preventing violence and abusive relationships at home.
  • LEGAL AID SOCIETY OF PALM BEACH COUNTY (www.legalaidpbc.org)
    • Domestic Violence – $20,000
      The Domestic Violence program provides legal advice, consultation and representation free of charge to 1,020 victims of abuse and their families at domestic violence injunction (restraining order) hearings.
  • YWCA OF PALM BEACH COUNTY (www.ywcapbc.org)
    • Domestic Violence Services – $33,000
      The YWCA operates two major domestic violence services: The Mary Rubloff YWCA Harmony House, an emergency domestic violence shelter for women and children; and SAFEhouse Rapid Re-Housing program, which assists survivors with obtaining and sustaining housing with utility and rental deposits and three months rental assistance. The programs serve 658 women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
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