WILMINGTON, Del.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CHILD, Inc. announced the launch of a new domestic violence victim advocacy initiative today, called Victims First Fund. The objective of the Victims First Fund is to support programs that provide diverse, direct services to domestic violence victims statewide.
Through this fund, CHILD, Inc. intends to secure and retain resources required to consistently maintain this objective, regardless of any reallocation or loss of federal and state grant funds. Unfortunately, available grants, can be significantly impacted by a multitude of factors. Reallocation of existing funds, due to political shifts in support, can have a devastating impact. Earlier this month, a Bipartisan Budget Act was signed putting at risk more than 1 billion dollars in federal funding. This Budget Act would mean vital programs and services for domestic violence victims could face substantial cutbacks. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, ”Victims' advocates say the move could set a dangerous precedent and encourage lawmakers to keep dipping into a pot of money intended to help crime victims, not to pay government bills."
Timothy Brandau, CHILD, Inc.’s Executive Director, says “With over 22,000 incidents a year of domestic violence in Delaware, direct victim services continue to be a critical part of supporting the solutions. It is up to all of us to keep domestic violence a social priority and to continue to provide the highest level of support to domestic violence victims statewide.”
The fundraising initiative will begin the week of November 23rd. CHILD, Inc.’s Domestic Violence Advocates, 120 plus employees and volunteers, will reach out to their individual networks and local businesses to drive awareness, gain support for the fund and to encourage all to “SAVE A LIFE, DONATE NOW”. Throughout the state, organizations and individuals are being encouraged to make a contribution going forward.
CHILD, Inc. is the largest provider of direct services to victims of domestic violence in the state of Delaware. Over 4500 victims of domestic violence have been served in the last year through CHILD, Inc.’s hotline, shelter and court advocacy programs. An additional 1700 have been served through CHILD Inc.’s counseling services, visitation centers, support groups as well as financial empowerment and parenting classes.
To make a donation visit www.victimsfirstfund.org.