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 350 individual grants to women and their children totaling $125,000. 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.
We received a request from a partner organization to pay for the security deposit of a woman and her daughter who were survivors of trafficking and domestic abuse by the husband and father. Both Americans they had been taken from the US against their wills and had both been trafficked for years. They are now staying at a shelter and soon will be moving into their new apartment to try and rebuild their lives.