$65K Grant To Fund Programs For Survivors of Abuse

Communities / Feb. 16, 2017 9:59am EST

The Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence will receive $65,000 as part of a $1.2M national grant to domestic violence programs by the Allstate Foundation.

Demand for survivors’ programs is increasing, even as a lack of funding forces many to operate with limited resources. On an average day in 2015, more than 12,000 requests for services by domestic violence victims went unanswered. The Purple Purse Moving Ahead Grants aim to provide much-needed financial assistance.

With financial abuse occurring almost universally in domestic violence cases, abusers frequently deny victims access to money, ruin victims’ credit, or harass victims at work. Without independent resources, victims are often unable to find employment and housing or save for the future.

“People seem to talk about domestic violence only when it involves famous people, but every day there are millions of women and children suffering at home, in silence,” said Vicky Dinges, Allstate’s senior vice president of corporate responsibility. “The stats speak for themselves. One in four women will be affected by domestic violence in her lifetime. It’s a huge issue and, sadly, there just aren’t enough resources or programs today to help victims break free—and stay free— from abusive situations.”

Awarding grants to 20 domestic violence organizations, the Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse grant program is the longest-running national campaign focused on ending domestic violence through financial empowerment services for survivors.

Working with local organizations, each grantee will help provide education and support for domestic violence survivors in the areas of financial education, job training, matched-savings programs, no- or low-interest loans and other credit-building services.

Grant amounts were based on factors such as program longevity, breadth of financial empowerment services and demonstrated ability to have a sustainable regional or statewide impact.

Since 2005, the 65-year-old Allstate Foundation has donated more than $55 million to domestic violence organizations and has helped more than 1 million survivors take steps toward recovering their financial independence since 2005.

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