As a longtime accomplice of North Texas home violence organizations, the Basis awarded the grants totaling $100,000 to assist home violence frontline staff – the primary responders for ladies and kids. Whereas every shelter skilled completely different charges of elevated want for providers, the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice reported that home violence incidents elevated by 8.1% general throughout the U.S. after pandemic lockdown orders.
“A pandemic inside a pandemic – that’s the solely option to describe the devastating and staggering improve in home violence this previous yr. Referrals to our shelter elevated by 60% in 2020 and our authorized providers noticed a rise of 109%,” stated Toni Johnson-Simpson, government director for Denton County Associates of the Household. “It’s tough to place into phrases the actually determined and heartbreaking disaster our shoppers are in once they stroll by our doorways. For therefore many, they’ve sacrificed every little thing to make it right here and should have actually put their lives on the road to get assist for themselves and their kids.”
The Covid-19 pandemic created a wide-ranging host of challenges for home violence shelters within the U.S. and all over the world. It compelled organizations to pivot providers whereas navigating the quickly altering scenario from nation to nation. For all shelters no matter location, it required diligently working to plan organization-wide protocols to remain open and able to serve girls and kids in want.
“Now greater than ever, the home violence shelters in our neighborhood want our assist throughout this unprecedented and difficult time in historical past,” stated Anne Crews, vp of public affairs at Mary Kay Inc. and a Board Member of The Mary Kay Basis. “It’s crucial to assist the primary responders who’re working tirelessly to assist survivors and households throughout this ongoing pandemic.”
In an effort to broaden a world dedication to eradicate gender-based home violence, Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay Basis joined forces with the United Nations Belief Fund to Finish Violence towards Girls (UN Belief Fund) and CARE USA, a humanitarian world chief. UN Girls has continued to lift consciousness of the alarming improve of violence towards girls throughout Covid-19 and its lasting penalties.
Since 2000, 3,300 organizations advocating for eradicating gender-based violence have acquired grants from The Mary Kay Basis, totaling over $58 million. The Mary Kay Basis has supported over six million girls and women searching for shelter and providers free from abuse.