Center Against Domestic Violence is Part of $3 Million in Funding During Domestic Violence Awareness Month


Brooklyn, NY – October 13, 2016 – As part of The Mary Kay Foundation’s annual shelter grants program, local Women’s Safe Start shelter has received a $20,000 unrestricted grant to further the organization’s efforts to combat domestic violence and provide rehabilitation services throughout New York City. The grant awarded to the Center Against Domestic Violence is part of $3 million in funding that the Foundation has awarded this year to 150 domestic violence shelters in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Guam.

The Center Against Domestic Violence will use the grant funding to provide critical support for general operation at Women’s Safe Start, including shelter support services and programming for its resident. Other recipients use the unrestricted funds for basic operating expenses, hiring much-needed personnel, completing repairs and renovations or adding programs and resources based on the unique needs of their shelter and the clients they serve.

The Center Against Domestic Violence has been working toward a society free of violence and abuse for 40 years. The Center’s three emergency domestic violence shelters have the combined capacity to shelter 210 adults and children at a time. Through our teen Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP) students learn to be leaders who reach out to their friends to stop bullying, teen dating violence and sexual harassment in their own communities. By helping victims to obtain Crime Victims compensation, counseling, case management and advocacy, the Crime Victims Program supports victims of domestic violence to become survivors. English and Spanish support groups provide a forum for survivors to encourage one and other, and to reach out and educate others about domestic violence. Our 24-hour hotline offers hope to victims, 718-439-1000.

“The fact that shelters across the country can use these unrestricted funds to best fit their immediate needs has often made the difference between keeping the doors open or closed, maintaining a critical service or providing a life-saving safe place for a family in need,” said Anne Crews, board member for The Mary Kay Foundation and Vice President of Public Affairs for Mary Kay Inc. “As the Foundation celebrates 20 years of making a difference in the lives of women and children, we are proud to continue our signature domestic violence program in communities nationwide. We know hundreds of thousands of lives have been impacted, not only today but for generations to come.”

Nearly 600 domestic violence shelters applied for The Mary Kay Foundation shelter grants this year. Mary Kay Inc.’s global cause-related program, Beauty That Counts, helps support The Mary Kay Foundation’s annual shelter grant program. Mary Kay has a deep commitment to ending abuse and alongside The Mary Kay Foundation℠ has given $53 million to domestic violence prevention and awareness programs.

Please visit for additional information and for the full list of 2016 Shelter Grant Recipients.

About The Mary Kay Foundation℠: The Mary Kay Foundation℠ was created in 1996, and its mission is two-fold: to fund research of cancers affecting women and to help prevent domestic violence while raising awareness of the issue.  The Mary Kay Foundation℠ has awarded $54 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States.  To learn more about The Mary Kay Foundation℠, please visit or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).

About Center Against Domestic Violence: Based in New York City, the Center Against Domestic Violence is a not-for-profit organization that works toward a society free of violence and abuse.  For 40 years, the Center has led the way in the prevention of domestic violence by offering education and prevention programs and promoting the well-being and economic independence of survivors of abuse. Additional information about the Center and its services can be found at: