Grant received to fight abuse

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

The Avon Foundation for Women has awarded a $35,820 grant to The Center for Prevention of Abuse for the creation and funding of the Avon Empowerment Self-Sufficiency Program to make an immediate, measurable difference for domestic violence survivors.  This is one of 32 grants awarded from more than 150 national applications.

The program funds a new position to work with domestic violence clients.  Kallie Lee is the new self sufficiency caseworker employed by The Center and housed in the Family Justice Center, 435 Hamilton Blvd.

This position will help domestic violence survivors gain financial self-sufficiency and create better lives for themselves and their families and complements services provided by all partners in the Family Justice Center, including the Peoria County State’s Attorney Office, the Peoria Police Department, the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office, Peoria County Court Services, Adult Probation and The Center for Prevention of Abuse.

“With continuing reductions in domestic violence funding, this grant fills a great need to provide services as the rate of domestic violence has been escalating,” explains Martha Herm, executive director of The Center.  “We are thrilled to be one of the 32 organizations chosen for the grant.”

Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women launched the Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program in 2004 to help end the cycle of domestic violence.  Through the end of 2010, in the U.S. alone, the foundation has provided more than $22 million for the domestic violence and gender violence cause, including support for awareness, education, direct service and prevention programs.