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.

It’s estimated that 1 in 4 women in the U.S. will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. 


How we help

Since its inception in 2014, The Anchor Fund has made more than 256 individual grants to women and their children and distributed $90,000. 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.


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Client Stories

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.

Read more client stories.

A lot of times we say, why does she stay? Why do they stay? we know from our work that the number-one reason people stay is because they don’t feel like they have the tools to go. And all of us, rather than shaming and blaming, can use our resources to lend a hand to people who don’t have access to that information to be able to transform their lives.
— Kerry Washington, Actor and Ambassador for the Allstate Purple Purse Campaign

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