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 450 individual grants to women and their children totaling $160,000. 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.

Client Stories

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.

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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