Thank You to the Avon Foundation for Women 'Speak Out Against Domestic Violence' Program

The Avon Foundation for Women has awarded a $10,000 one-year grantto Child & Family Services’ Haven House, Erie County’s only licenseddomestic violence shelter.  The grantwill fund the Economic Empowerment Program at Haven House, which providesfinancial coaching and support to help domestic violence survivors take controlof their financial situations, which is a critical step in establishingindependence. 

Inaddition to the Economic Empowerment Program, Haven House also provides life-savingservices including a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, transitional housing,counseling, advocacy and more.  Since1979, Haven House has provided shelter and support services to more than 23,000individuals and children escaping domestic violence and has answered over58,000 calls to its 24-hour hotline.

“The Avon Foundation for Womenis committed to helping end the cycle of domestic violence and is proud tosupport Haven House in its work to helpdomestic violence victims in Buffalo and Erie County,” said Carol Kurzig,President, Avon Foundation for Women. “It is through initiatives like HavenHouse that we can work to break the cycle of domestic violence once and forall, and ensure safety for victims and their families.”

Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women launched Speak Out Against Domestic Violence in2004 to help end the cycle of domestic violence. Through the end of 2011, theAvon Foundation has provided more than $28million for domestic and gender violence programs in the United States,including support for awareness, education, direct service and prevention.

If you are someoneyou know are experiencing domestic violence, please call the Haven Houseconfidential, 24-hour hotline at (716) 884-6000.  For more information on the Haven HouseEconomic Empowerment Program, please call (716) 884-6002.