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Friday, October 12, 2012 - 15:38
EL PASO — A $20,000 grant from the Mary Kay Foundation will go towards the Center Against Family Violence in observation of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.
The money will help the center provide critical support for operation of the emergency shelter for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
“This past year, 898 people stayed in our shelter with 527 of those being children. Domestic violence and sexual assault devastates not only individuals but entire families,” said Stephanie Karr, Executive Director of cafv. “Our shelter provides a safe haven for these families and gives them time to regroup, as well as the support they’ll need to move forward. “
In addition to emergency shelter services, cafv provides a 24/7 Crisis Hopeline (593-7300) for those seeking information and help related to domestic violence, sexual assault and rape. Their Family Resource Center offers advocacy, counseling, support groups and other services to El Paso and surrounding communities. Youth services are also provided. cafv operates the Batterers’ Intervention and Prevention Program, an accountability educational program for aggressors.
“The Mary Kay FoundationSM is committed to breaking the cycle of domestic violence.” said Anne Crews, Mary Kay Inc. Vice President of Government Relations and board member for The Mary Kay FoundationSM. “Through our grants, we honor and support shelters across the country that are having a profound impact for women and children in their communities. Since 2000, we have granted $31 million to help domestic violence shelters meet their critical needs and support their ongoing community efforts.”