ANCHORAGE, AK - The local women's shelter, Abused Women's Aid In Crisis, Inc., has received a $20,000 unrestricted grant to further the organization's effort to combat domestic violence and provide rehabilitation services throughout Anchorage.

According to the 2015 Anchorage Victimization Study by the University of Alaska Anchorage's Justice Center, 48% of the women in Anchorage have experienced domestic violence or sexual assault in their lifetime. During the 2016 fiscal year, AWAIC provided services to 436 women and 245 children at imminent risk due to domestic violence for a total of 20,101 shelter safe nights. Additionally, staff responded to 6,633 crisis and service related calls and delivered 300 presentations to 7,361 youth, professionals and community members.

The grant comes as a part of The Mary Kay Foundation's annual shelter grant program. The MKF has awarded 150 domestic violence shelters in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Guam an amount of $3 million in funding this year alone. Nearly 600 domestic violence shelters applied for these grants this year.

"At AWAIC, we are incredibly grateful for support from The Mary Kay Foundation and its commitment to break the cycle of domestic violence," said Executive Director, Suzi Pearson in a press release. "These funds help us keep the shelter running so we can do our best to empower all those affected by domestic violence, allowing them to make positive decisions in their lives. We believe that everyone has the right to live in a fear-free environment and we will continue to work towards eliminating domestic violence."

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