Did you know that 1 in 4 women will be a victim of domestic violence in her lifetime, and that domestic violence is the leading cause of homicide in our community?
This October marks the 32nd Anniversary of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Over the last three decades, progress has been made to support domestic violence victims and survivors, to hold abusers accountable, and to create and update legislation to further awareness goals, however, there is still a lot of work to be done.
Whether you are a survivor or want to be an ally to survivors, we need your voice to help raise awareness about this issue that affects far too many women and girls in our community.
Support our cause - join our Silence is Violence Challenge today!
Although Fairfax County is considered one of the wealthiest in the country, the 2019 Point–in-Time Count confirmed that on any given night there are 150 families, comprised of 526 people, who are homeless in our community. Nearly 40% of these families are homeless due to domestic violence.
Alarmingly, the county’s domestic violence hotline receives over 240 calls per month! Victims of domestic violence in our community have also requested 64 family abuse protective orders, 13 families have escaped to an emergency domestic violence shelter, and almost 160 domestic violence arrests were made, each month in the last year.
Domestic violence thrives when we are silent, but if we take a stand and work together as a community, we can make a difference!
Help Shelter House raise awareness and critical funding to end domestic violence by joining our movement today. All funds raised will provide life-changing crisis intervention, safe housing and supportive services to help empower domestic violence survivors to build safer lives for themselves and their families.
Can we count on you to make a difference?
About Shelter House:
Shelter House is a community-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to prevent and end homelessness and domestic violence by engaging the community, building effective relationships and providing crisis intervention, safe housing and supportive services.
In the past fiscal year, across all programs, Shelter House served nearly 500 households comprised of over 1,521 individuals and was able to provide the means necessary to move 70% of our families into permanent housing.
About the Silence Is Violence Challenge:
Held in October, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Silence Is Violence Challenge is a public awareness and fundraising campaign aimed at raising awareness of the prevalence of domestic violence in our community and the need for resources to help survivors.
The Silence Is Violence Challenge is aimed at creating long-term safety and security for domestic survivors and their families through financial empowerment. Shelter House has been working to bring domestic violence out of the shadows so victims can get the healing and support they deserve, but we need your help.
All proceeds will go directly to Shelter House and the clients we serve at Artemis House – Fairfax County’s only 24 hour emergency domestic violence shelter.
1-in-4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. That is more women touched by violence than breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer combined. Most people think only of physical abuse when they consider domestic violence, yet financial abuse happens in 99% of all domestic violence cases and is one of the most powerful ways to control a victim.
The number one reason domestic violence survivors stay or return to an abuse relationship is that they do not have the financial resources to break free.
Physical abuse leaves bruises and scars. Financial abuse is an invisible weapon that traps victims in abusive relationships.
Domestic violence can be devastating to families, but the effects on entire communities runs even deeper.
Help Shelter House Raise $5,000
Join Shelter House’s Silence Is Violence Challenge October 1 - October 31, and help domestic violence victims break free by donating today.
Together we can make a difference!
How Your Donation Helps
The #1 reason women in abusive relationship can’t “just leave” is because they are being financially abused. Help them escape their abusive relationship by donating to provide things such as:
Give $1,000: An Entire Months Rent
Helping provide a roof over her and her children
Give $500: A Credit Rebuilding Loan
Enough to help her become a better candidate for housing and employment
Give $250: Up to 1 Week of Child Care
While she attends job interviews, work and classes
Give $100: An Entire Month of Transportation
To help her commute to job interviews, jobs, school etc.
Give $50: Food for 1 Week
Making it easier to care for herself and her children
Give $25: An Entire Month of Counseling
For a survivor
You Choose: Any Amount will Help
Her provide for legal services, food, child care, basic necessities, and more
To further boost Shelter House’s fundraising efforts, anyone who donated $150 or more will be entered into a raffle to win a Purple Purse designed by tennis champion, Serena Williams. Handcrafted from premium Italian leather, the limited-edition purse is valued at $350. “It is my hope that the lucky recipients of this handbag will wear it proudly as they help get the word out around this inspiring cause,” Williams says.
Support a great cause by donating $150 or more, and be entered for a chance to win this beauty. Compassion looks good on EVERYONE!
We also invite you to follow Shelter House on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn and use the hashtags #ShelterHouseDVAM #SilenceIsViolence, as well as participate in the many fun activities and events we have planned.
Please visit our website at www.shelterhouse.org and search under our “Upcoming Events” section to learn more!