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YWCA Evanston/North shore has received a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundation as part of the organization’s annual $3 million national domestic violence grant program. YWCA Evanston/North Shore is one of 150 domestic violence organizations participating in the program.  The grant will be used to support the YWCA’s emergency shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence, community services for women in abusive situations, and legal advocacy for women seeking orders of protection. 

“This grant is hugely important,” said Karen Singer, executive director. “Not only does it help fill a deficit in funding this year but gives us hope and strength to continue what we do. Domestic Violence is not going away and deserves very serious attention. … We are thankful to the Mary Kay Foundation for helping us help families in our communities.”

Outlook on Domestic Violence

According to the second “Mary Kay Truth About Abuse” national survey conducted in March of this year, the economic downturn has increased demand for services at domestic violence shelters. Shelters also report the ability to raise funds and provide services will continue to be hampered. The survey also revealed that 88 percent of domestic violence shelters expect their overall situation will worsen or remain the same into 2011, that three out of four domestic violence shelters (77 percent) report an increase in women seeking assistance from abuse and that 51 percent of shelters nationwide note the abuse is more violent now than before the economic downturn.

“In light of the economic downturn and alarming increases in domestic violence, the Mary Kay Foundation’s mission is more critical than ever before. YWCA Evanston/North Shore has helped so many women and their families in northeastern metropolitan Chicago. We know they will use these funds to benefit even more domestic violence survivors and their children and help end domestic violence,” said Jennifer Cook, the Mary Kay Foundation board member.