GREENVILLE, S.C., Oct. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- To coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), Verizon has issued seven grants to South Carolina domestic violence agencies to assist them in the vital work they do each day. The grants, which total $75,000, stem from the Verizon Foundation's initiative to invest in organizations that provide domestic violence education, prevention, victim relief and empowerment resources.
The grants assist victims of abuse by funding shelters, healthcare resources and educational services. One recipient agency is Columbia-based Sistercarei, which will use its $10,000 Verizon grant to fund mental health counseling for domestic violence victims.
"Domestic violence can be associated with a higher likelihood of mental health disorders in survivors," said Nancy Barton, Executive Director of Sistercare, citing a study in the Journal of the American Medical Associationii. "We strive each day to give these survivors the support they need so they have the best shot at securing a healthy future."
The University of South Carolina Educational Foundation's College of Social Workiii received $15,000 from the Verizon Foundation to promote healthy relationships in order to prevent dating violence at Irmo High School near Columbia.
"I am pleased that the Verizon Foundation is supporting our work with high school students and administrators to engage youth as leaders and advocates to promote healthy teen relationships," said Dr. Pippin Whitaker, assistant professor at the College of Social Work.
In addition to Sistercare and the College of Social Work, the following agencies also received Verizon Foundation grants:
- MARYS Houseiv, Easley
- My Sister's Housev, Charleston
- Family Justice Center of Georgetown Countyvi
- Columbia College Police Departmentvii
- Citizens Opposed to Domestic Violenceviii, Beaufort
"Verizon takes seriously our commitment to ensuring sufficient resources are available to victims of domestic violence," said Jerry Fountain, Verizon Wireless president for the Carolinas and Tennessee. "Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a time when we should all reflect on what we can do to help those in our communities who need help."
For more than a decade, Verizon, through its various business units and its philanthropic foundation, has been a champion of ending domestic violence. For more information on the Verizon Foundation, please visit www.verizonfoundation.org.
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