The numbers are striking: Worldwide, almost one third of women who have been in a relationship experience physical and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner. The United States is no exception, with domestic violence hotlines receiving more than 20,000 calls per day.
As the Program Director at the Avon Foundation for Women, Christine Jaworsky partnered with the National Domestic Violence Hotline on its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence Initiative. By awarding 25 direct service domestic violence shelters with $20,000 grants, Avon is committed to addressing the financial strain many of these grassroots organizations face.
Christine is further expanding Avon’s work through its Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women, a public-private collaboration between Avon, Vital Voices, and the U.S. Department of State. Through the partnership, they have hosted Justice Institutes in the Philippines, Colombia, India, South Africa and Argentina, assembling first responders, police officers, health professionals, prosecutors and judges who work with and protect victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
“Each Institute participant cares about preventing and responding appropriately to violence against women, but the reality is, even people with common goals approach situations differently,” Christine says. “Avon’s main goal in funding The Justice Institutes is to convene participants to be resources for each other and to discuss how, at all stages of a victim’s experience, we remain laser-focused on his or her needs at the center of all that we do.”
With this in-kind support to provide holistic survivor services and over $1 billion in financial assistance, Avon is a private-sector leader in ending gender-based violence.