While the public often wonders why women don’t leave abusive partners, the answer can often be as simple as “And where would they go?” Domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness among families nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
According to the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, they received 31,815 domestic violence-related calls in 2013, approximately 1 every 17 minutes.
How we help
Since its inception in 2014, The Anchor Fund has made more than 135 individual grants to women and their children and distributed over $45,000. These grants can determine whether a survivor escapes her abuser, gains safe haven or can provide for her children.
We do not work directly with survivors. All of the women we help are referred to us by other domestic violence organizations in the D.C. metropolitan area, and are therefore vetted by a lawyer, social worker, or client advocate. Together, with our partners we assess the clients' needs and the best way to meet them.
Most of the requests we receive are housing related. Recently, we paid for a survivor to extend her stay in an emergency shelter for 4 days until she was able to move into a two year domestic violence housing program with her 4 kids. Without the help of The Anchor Fund, the client would have been homeless.