Stop Domestic/Sexual Violence & Child Abuse During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Support the Domestic Violence Response Fund
On Giving Tuesday, Futures Without Violence with support from The Allstate Foundation, launched the Call For Courage social media campaign to continue to shed light on the rising levels of domestic and sexual violence that jeopardizes the lives of millions of vulnerable women and children who are sheltering in place with abusers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Experts across the globe say this second “shadow pandemic” is only getting worse, and survivors of violence need our support more than ever.
The Allstate Foundation donated $500,000 to Futures Without Violence in support of the Domestic Violence Response Fund, for the specific purpose of investing in U.S.-based organizations that are led by and/or that serve Black, Indigenous and People of Color survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Our goal is to raise more than $1 million to benefit the critical work of frontline responders in the U.S., via Futures Without Violence, and globally, via the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women. Donations raised on the GoFundMe campaign page, will be split evenly between Futures Without Violence and the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women toward this end.
THE UN TRUST FUND to END VIOLENCE against WOMEN (UN TRUST FUND)
The UN Trust Fund is the only global grant-making fund dedicated to eradicating all forms of violence against women and girls – and is managed by UN Women on behalf of the UN system. Since its establishment in 1996, it has supported 572 initiatives in 140 countries and territories aiming to improve access to services for survivors of violence; change harmful norms and attitudes to prevent violence; and strengthen implementation of laws, policies and action plans on violence against women and girls. The UN Trust Fund is uniquely placed to meet the most urgent needs of women and girls and their communities at the grassroots and local levels. In the context of COVID-19, the UN Trust Fund is responding to the alarming increase in violence against women and girls in multiple forms, by providing support to women’s organizations, identified as first responders to women and girls who are victims of violence.
Learn more at untf.unwomen.org
FUTURES WITHOUT VIOLENCE
Futures Without Violence has been at the forefront of the movement to end gender-based violence in the U.S. and globally for nearly forty years. Today, with the shadow pandemic of domestic violence in full force all around the world, we are working around-the-clock to support a national network of frontline responders in the U.S. who are trusted lifelines for adult and child survivors. They are the people who are uniquely positioned to reach a survivor who is isolated at home and to get them help and connect them to safety. They are also supporting domestic violence shelters and protecting kids from abuse and online harassment; and helping survivors to heal from trauma and to rebuild their emotional and financial lives after abuse. Our response to the COVID-19 crisis builds on a longstanding history of preventing and addressing domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse, with top ratings from Charity Navigator. We are passionately dedicated to ending all forms of violence against women, children and those most at-risk for abuse.
Learn more at FuturesWithoutViolence.org
THE ALLSTATE FOUNDATION
The Allstate Foundation has been committed to ending domestic violence since 2005. The Foundation’s mission is to break the cycle of domestic violence through programs that help survivors find financial independence and rebuild their lives and by empowering young people with the information and confidence they need to stop unhealthy relationships before they start.