Women in distress marks 45 years of helping domestic violence survivors
Birthday gifts of $45 help feed a family of four and so much more
Tuesday, July 23rd marks the 45th year Women In Distress of Broward County, Inc. (WID) has been helping families find safety and begin the process of healing their lives. Founded in 1974 by community activists in Fort Lauderdale, Women In Distress is now the largest and the only nationally accredited, state-certified, full service domestic violence center serving Broward County at its new location at the Jim and Jan Moran Family Center in Deerfield Beach.
To mark its 45-year milestone and over 3,000 children and adults served, Women in Distress is asking the community to support its mission of ending domestic violence with gifts of a $45 theme: $45 a month for one year, $450, $4,500 or a basic donation of $45. A gift of $45 provides two days of meals for a family of four.
One in 4 women and 1 in 9 men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Children who witness this violence in many cases experience it themselves, and are also are victims. More than 50 percent of the people served by Women in Distress are children. The organization has expanded by adding twice the amount of beds available and new innovative programs such as early childhood therapy, full-time advocates in court, economic empowerment classes and more.
“Forty-five years ago, a group of dedicated community individuals formed Women In Distress to help survivors and their children find safe shelter,” says Mary Riedel, President and CEO of Women In Distress. “Not being needed anymore would be the best birthday present of all, but unfortunately, the need continues to grow in Broward County.”
Monthly donations support intervention, education and advocacy services throughout the year. For information on making a cash or credit card donation, please click here.