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Family Sunshine center awarded Avon Foundation grant

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From the Family Sunshine Center:

The Avon Foundation for Women has awarded a $65,000, one-year grant to the Family Sunshine Center (FSC) in support of its Avon Domestic Violence Survivor Empowerment Program, which provides annual funding for 20 full-time coordinator positions in domestic violence agencies across the United States.

The 2013 Avon Domestic Violence Survivor Empowerment Program is part of the Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence initiative, which launched in 2004 to help end the cycle of domestic violence. The Avon Foundation for Women has donated $33 million for domestic and gender violence programs in the United States, including support for awareness, education, direct service and prevention.

The Avon Domestic Violence Survivor Empowerment Program's coordinator position at the FSC will support victims in its seven county central Alabama service area by providing domestic violence survivors with the critical resources and economic empowerment tools necessary to develop self-sufficiency and guide them towards breaking the cycle of abuse, once and for all. The FSC will implement the program by expanding the menu of services currently provided at the One Place Family Justice Center (One Place). Survivors seeking services at One Place will be offered assistance in financial literacy, employment, housing, financial needs, employment readiness and/or education and training.

"We are thrilled that the Avon Foundation for Women shares our mission and has chosen to support our Avon Domestic Violence Survivor Empowerment Program's coordinator position. With these funds we can help survivors become self sufficient, which makes possible a better life, free from violence," said FSC Executive Director Karen Sellers.

"The Avon Foundation for Women is committed to helping end the cycle of domestic violence and is proud to support the Family Sunshine Center in its work to help provide domestic violence victims with the resources and tools necessary to become more self-sufficient. With the help of this hands-on coordinator, we hope that more women in central Alabama can end the cycle of abuse, once and for all, and ensure safety for themselves and their families," said Avon Foundation for Women President Carol Kurzig.

Around the world, at least one in every three women has experienced some form of partner violence or abuse during her lifetime. Reports confirm that domestic violence victims are more likely to stay with an abuser if they have limited hope of achieving independent economic stability. Programs such as the Avon Domestic Violence Survivor Empowerment Program help make an immediate, tangible difference in the lives of domestic violence survivors by providing hands-on guidance and assistance to help them create independent, violence free-lives for themselves, their families, and future generations.

The Family Sunshine Center is a 501(c)(3) agency with the mission to end family violence and foster hope and healing through crisis intervention, advocacy and community education in Autauga, Butler, Chilton, Crenshaw, Elmore, Lowndes and Montgomery counties. One Place is the first Family Justice Center established in Alabama and was totally funded by local government and contributions.

The Avon Foundation for Women and Speak Out Against Domestic Violence

The Avon Foundation for Women, an accredited 501(c)(3) public charity, was founded in 1955 to improve the lives of women, and brings this mission to life through focus on two key issues: breast cancer and domestic violence. Avon global philanthropy has donated more than $910 million in more than 50 countries for causes most important to women. The Avon Foundation's flagship programs include the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade and the Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program, which supports domestic violence awareness, education, direct services and prevention initiatives. The Avon Foundation has donated $33 million in the United States to support awareness, education, direct service and prevention programs aimed at reducing domestic and gender violence. Globally, Avon supports efforts to end violence against women by raising funds through special product sales and raising awareness through events and with educational information disseminated by 6 million global Avon Representatives.

For more Information

For more information on the Survivor Empowerment Program at the Family Sunshine Center, please call the Public Affairs Office at (334)206-2100.  For more information about domestic violence services, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or online at www.ndvh.org.

To learn more about the Avon Foundation for Women Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program, visit www.avonfoundation.org, where you can also access a free printable Domestic Violence and Dating Abuse Resource Guide in English and Spanish

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