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Becky's Fund was started in November 2006 and subsequently achieved Non-profit status in March 2007. Becky’s Fund strives to address domestic violence in all sectors of our community, establish prevention-based educational programs to counter domestic violence, and collaborate with others in the community to find ways to change the behavior and thinking behind issues that cause and perpetuate domestic violence.

Becky's Fund was started in November 2006 and subsequently achieved Non-profit status in March 2007. Becky’s Fund strives to address domestic violence in all sectors of our community, establish prevention-based educational programs to counter domestic violence, and collaborate with others in the community to find ways to change the behavior and thinking behind issues that cause and perpetuate domestic violence.

Mission: To End and Prevent Domestic and Dating Violence 1) Foster awareness: Help people understand the elements of domestic violence through education 2) Encourage advocacy: Encourage people to care about ending domestic violence and show them how to be an accountable bystander 3) Promote activism: Take an active role in helping battered victims find safety through counseling, education and legal representation, and 4) Create support: Provide assistance to support victims of domestic violence.

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The Violence Against Women Act is up for reauthorization and this legislation is needed now, more than ever, with the cu...
12/28/2020

The Violence Against Women Act is up for reauthorization and this legislation is needed now, more than ever, with the current pandemic in place.

Increases in both arrests and calls to helplines illustrate the rise in domestic violence cases during the pandemic, yet experts fear social isolation has contributed to under reported numbers.

Preventing domestic violence is a non-partisan issue, yet the Violence Against Women Act had problems getting passed due to a lack of votes in Congress.

We hope that Congress can come together in addressing the urgency of preventing domestic violence through passing Violence Against Women Act and include such protections for survivors in the LGBTQ community and close the “Boyfriend Loophole” to prevent convicted abusers from gaining access to firearms.

Learn more: bit.ly/34Nl1WM

#enddv #ViolenceAgainstWomenAct
#VAWA
#nomore
#togetherwecan
#youarenotalone

Last weekend marked Canada’s 31st National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, in memory of the 14 ...
12/10/2020

Last weekend marked Canada’s 31st National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, in memory of the 14 women killed on December 6, 1989 at École Polytechnique, an engineering school in Montreal, Canada. Women and survivors across the country shared their voices, stories, and determination with strength and solidarity.

Angela Marie MacDougall, Fallon Farinacci, Barbara Sarpong, Eva Simone, Sofia MacLellan share their own experiences and their visions for a better future. Having been on the receiving end of racist and misogynist violence, absence of justice, accusatory questions, and public passiveness, these women call for action in ending domestic violence.

Together, we will work toward changing the thoughts, words, and actions of ourselves and the public. Ending domestic violence requires a collective effort in facing the harsh reality of violence against women. We must be conscious and turn passiveness into action.

To hear more from these strong women: bitly.ws/aMnP

#enddv
#remembranceday
#violenceagainstwomen
#nomore

Thank you to all of our generous supporters who donated to Becky's Fund on Giving Tuesday! We would not be able to conti...
12/04/2020

Thank you to all of our generous supporters who donated to Becky's Fund on Giving Tuesday! We would not be able to continue our mission without your help. Together we can build a future free from domestic violence.

#EndDV
#NoMore
#GivingTuesday

We did it!Due to your generosity, we passed our goal for Giving Tuesday!With your help, we raised over $11,000 to contin...
12/02/2020

We did it!

Due to your generosity, we passed our goal for Giving Tuesday!

With your help, we raised over $11,000 to continue our programs and work to create a future where healthy relationships can flourish.

We do not take for granted that our work would not be possible without supporters like you so we say THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts.

Together, we give.

Together we make impact.

Together, we CAN end domestic violence.

#gratitude
#givingtuesday
#nomore
#enddv

12/01/2020
I give because...

Why do YOU give?

Give to #enddv with Becky's Fund at bit.ly/givetoenddv today on Giving Tuesday and Facebook will double your gift, starting at 8 am EST.

Support Becky’s Fund when you shop online with PayPal. Set us as your favorite charity, and you can choose to donate $1 ...
11/30/2020

Support Becky’s Fund when you shop online with PayPal. Set us as your favorite charity, and you can choose to donate $1 when you checkout with PayPal. Get started here: bit.ly/BeckysFundPayPal

"I give because I want her to know that there is no excuse for abuse and that she is not alone."- Raven Helms, Survivor,...
11/30/2020

"I give because I want her to know that there is no excuse for abuse and that she is not alone."

- Raven Helms, Survivor, Friend, Daughter, Warrior, Ally

2 days until @Givingtuesday!

Are you ready to join on this day of giving where millions will come together to unleash the power of generosity to create change?

Donate on Dec 1 at facebook.com/beckysfund and help us create a brighter future for tomorrow.

#nomore
#enddv
#believesurvivors
#together
#powerofgiving
#healthyrelationships

Your Voice matters.The abuse is never your fault.You are not alone.www.beckysfund.org#enddv#togetherwecan#youarenotalone
11/25/2020

Your Voice matters.

The abuse is never your fault.

You are not alone.

www.beckysfund.org

#enddv
#togetherwecan
#youarenotalone

"I give because we all have a responsibility to be a part of the solution in ending domestic violence." - John Booty, Fa...
11/24/2020

"I give because we all have a responsibility to be a part of the solution in ending domestic violence."

- John Booty, Father, Men of CODE mentor, Athlete, Ally, Friend of Becky's Fund

Please join us on Dec 1, Giving Tuesday, and give #toenddv. Starting at 8 am EST, your donation will be matched by Facebook, doubling your impact and reach.

Together, we CAN create a brighter future free from domestic violence🌅

#7days
#givingtuesday
#togetherwearestronger
#nomore
#loveisnotabuse

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11/24/2020

Becky's Fund's cover photo

-- What is the definition of a real man? Is it defined by success and money? Is it determined by physical strength? --Ha...
11/18/2020

-- What is the definition of a real man? Is it defined by success and money? Is it determined by physical strength? --

Harry Styles is the first solo male to be featured on the cover of Vogue Magazine as he poses in a Gucci dress and leather jacket. His pride and display of gender non-conformist style is both refreshing and inspiring. Backlash from some questioning his masculinity and claiming he is playing a role in the “steady feminization” of men has been strongly countered by overwhelming support. Many praise Styles’ self-expression, manhood, and spread of a more accurate definition of what it means to be a real man.

A real man is defined by being confident in and true to oneself. He is self-aware and is not afraid to stand up for what he believes in. Real men have strong character and will forge and follow their own paths in the world against criticism.

Harry Styles leads as a real man, demonstrating confidence and challenging norms by experimenting with style, clothing, or gender-restrictive norms. In his interview, he emphasized “anytime you’re putting barriers up in your own life, you’re just limiting yourself.” This is a true model and valuable example that demonstrates to young men and boys everywhere what a real man looks like. Thank you, Vogue, for using your space to encourage men to surpass old-fashioned stereotypes of what masculinity means.

Read more about Styles’ Vogue cover and the following celebrity support: bitly.ws/aByA

#masculinity
#realmen
#love

Congratulations President-elect Joe Biden on winning the 46th presidential race! With Biden’s previous leadership in cre...
11/11/2020

Congratulations President-elect Joe Biden on winning the 46th presidential race! With Biden’s previous leadership in creating impact through policy, his exhaustive presidential plan to end domestic violence shows great potential for progress surrounding domestic violence during this term.

Through his determination and perseverance in implementing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), serious victimization by an intimate partner saw a decline of 72% between 1994 and 2011. He emphasized that VAWA was his “proudest legislative accomplishment,” as the law sparked a cultural shift in the public’s understanding of the seriousness of domestic violence on top of the policies it put in place for survivor support.

Looking forward, Biden’s presidential plan will add to VAWA and strengthen efforts in ending domestic violence against women. His main action points show promise for major growth in survivor support and services as well as domestic violence awareness. With Covid-19 exacerbating the risk that survivors face, Becky’s Fund is anticipating a strong response from Biden’s leadership and is excited to work together to take part in helping make instrumental change.

Read more about VAWA’s impact and Biden’s role in its beginning: http://bitly.ws/axYr
Read more about Biden’s plan for supporting domestic violence survivors: joebiden.com/vawa/

#bidenharris2020
#enddv
#togetherwecan
#youarenotalone

At BeckysFund, our Becoming Your Own Hero program is dedicated to teaching young women how to discuss sensitive issues, ...
11/11/2020

At BeckysFund, our Becoming Your Own Hero program is dedicated to teaching young women how to discuss sensitive issues, lean on each other for support, and how to navigate through negative and potentially dangerous situations, all while gaining confidence in themselves.
Kamala Harris has made history by becoming the first female and the first person of color to hold the Vice President position. By being fierce, bold, and ambitious, VP Elect Kamala Harris has served as a reminder to women, both young and old, that you can Become Your Own Hero!

11/10/2020

Right now we are participating in @BoozAllen Foundation's Innovation Unlocked: COVID Response event. We are honored to be here and learn about the 20 other winning solutions of the Booz Allen Foundation Innovation Fund.

Our project, ENDOVI is a mobile phone app that connects survivors with available resources and empowers them to move into a future free from domestic violence.

#InnovationFund #InnovationUnlocked #EndDV

Among nearly 3,000 applicants 21 winners including BeckysFund were selected to receive grant funding—ranging from $10,00...
11/09/2020

Among nearly 3,000 applicants 21 winners including BeckysFund were selected to receive grant funding—ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 from the Booz Allen Foundation to develop creative solutions that address the wide-ranging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and approach lasting community resilience by protecting vulnerable populations and frontline workers as well as improving health, wellness, and education within our communities. Please support BeckysFund and join the Booz Allen Foundation by attending the virtual showcase of the grant's winning innovative solutions.

To register for the event, visit: https://bit.ly/3nbU1Y1

Join Becky’s Fund for #PurpleThursday tomorrow, by wearing purple to stand in solidarity with survivors of Domestic Viol...
10/21/2020

Join Becky’s Fund for #PurpleThursday tomorrow, by wearing purple to stand in solidarity with survivors of Domestic Violence.

#PurpleThursday is a national day of taking action and spreading awareness to show support for survivors and those impacted by Domestic Violence. Every minute, more than 24 people will be impacted by Domestic Violence. Additionally, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will be affected by Domestic Violence in their lifetime. As Covid-19 introduces restrictions such as social distancing and stay-at-home orders, many survivors are trapped at home with abusers and isolated from their loved ones. Incidents of Domestic Violence have become more frequent and more severe since the onset of the pandemic and the WHO has called this increase the “shadow pandemic.”

#StandWithSurvivors
#DVAM2020
#YouAreNotAlone
#endDV

10/14/2020
Zoom Interview: Senior Associate AD/Mental Health Dr. Stephany Coakley

Emotional abuse is incredibly debilitating but can be harder to recognize than other forms of domestic violence. It is used to manipulate, isolate, and humiliate and this kind of abuse can seriously deteriorate one’s mental health. Research shows that domestic violence and mental illness are closely related, where people who experience one are more likely to experience the other as well. In a study by Psychology of Women Quarterly, they found that about 60% of female residents at domestic violence shelters also experience depression.

Three years ago, Dr. Stephany Coakley was named the Senior Associate AD for Mental Health, Wellness and Performance for Temple Athletics and was Temple’s first Mental Health Professional to focus on student-athletes. Creating toolkits that included a portfolio of resources at Temple and through mobile apps, Coakley is determined to ensure that mental health wellness is a priority for athletes. is more of a priority in the athletic department. In an interview, she recognized “everybody struggles at some point in life and we don’t always have the resources to address what’s going on.” Her words ring louder during the transition to online learning and social distancing due to the pandemic.

When asked about the shift in mental health services during Covid-19, Coakley talked about the challenges of providing proper care over a virtual setting and how the people she helps are facing new stressors, which only add to the current prevalence of mental illness among young adults. Students are lacking social support that they relied on and struggling to find and adjust to an entirely new routine. It is vital to take extra care in addressing mental health during this time because of the unusual circumstances that people must learn how to live in and cope with.

Watch Dr. Coakley address her goals and hopes for Temple Athletics: bitly.ws/abeA
Watch Dr. Coakley explain the impact of Covid-19 on mental health: bitly.ws/abex

#mentalhealthmatters
#notallbruisesarevisible
#youarenotalone
#itsoktoaskforhelpEmotional abuse is incredibly debilitating but can be harder to recognize than other forms of domestic violence. It is used to manipulate, isolate, and humiliate and this kind of abuse can seriously deteriorate one’s mental health. Research shows that domestic violence and mental illness are closely related, where people who experience one are more likely to experience the other as well. In a study by Psychology of Women Quarterly, they found that about 60% of female residents at domestic violence shelters also experience depression.

Three years ago, Dr. Stephany Coakley was named the Senior Associate AD for Mental Health, Wellness and Performance for Temple Athletics and was Temple’s first Mental Health Professional to focus on student-athletes. Creating toolkits that included a portfolio of resources at Temple and through mobile apps, Coakley is determined to ensure that mental health wellness is a priority for athletes. is more of a priority in the athletic department. In an interview, she recognized “everybody struggles at some point in life and we don’t always have the resources to address what’s going on.” Her words ring louder during the transition to online learning and social distancing due to the pandemic.

When asked about the shift in mental health services during Covid-19, Coakley talked about the challenges of providing proper care over a virtual setting and how the people she helps are facing new stressors, which only add to the current prevalence of mental illness among young adults. Students are lacking social support that they relied on and struggling to find and adjust to an entirely new routine. It is vital to take extra care in addressing mental health during this time because of the unusual circumstances that people must learn how to live in and cope with.

Watch Dr. Coakley address her goals and hopes for Temple Athletics: http://bitly.ws/abeA
Watch Dr. Coakley explain the impact of Covid-19 on mental health: http://bitly.ws/abex

#mentalhealthmatters
#notallbruisesarevisible
#youarenotalone
#itsoktoaskforhelp

For survivors of domestic violence, registering to vote is no easy feat. Registering to vote entails giving personal inf...
10/09/2020

For survivors of domestic violence, registering to vote is no easy feat.

Registering to vote entails giving personal information for use in public records. This brings up concerns about privacy and security, because the threat of abusers finding and stalking survivors in their new lives and routines is serious. In addition, experts say domestic violence can be a form of voter suppression itself, especially if survivors are still living with the abuser. Many perpetrators withhold absentee ballots from survivors or prevent them from voting in other ways as an abuse tactic.

In 2008, Midori Davidson felt the weight of her legs and had fears racing through her mind about registering to vote. She had left her abusive relationship a few years before but having her personal and identifiable information go public in order to register to vote made her anxious about who could see it. However, she let the words of her grandmother, who grew up during the Jim Crow era, empower her to vote no matter her fears. Davidson reflected “But I realized I had this freedom to do something that was my natural right. I needed to vote for policies to protect women.”

In 2020, the votes of Black women, who are most affected by domestic violence, could change this presidential election. It’s crucial that resources are provided to domestic violence survivors to help them feel safe in voting. Those who have restraining orders against abusers can request that their address be kept confidential. For others, 36 states (including the DMV area) offer an address confidentiality program, where survivors can enroll in an underutilized tool.

Read more at http://bitly.ws/a3JZ

#vote2020
#supportsurvivors
#youarenotalone

Did you know?Over 70% of pet-owning women entering shelters reported that their abuser had injured, killed or threatened...
10/08/2020

Did you know?

Over 70% of pet-owning women entering shelters reported that their abuser had injured, killed or threatened family pets,
and
nearly 50% have delayed leaving an abusive situation out of  fear of harm to their pets. - @ncadv

Purina has committed $950,000 in grants to support key renovations for pet-friendly options. Purina hopes to help implement changes so that 25% of US domestic violence shelters are pet-friendly by 2025. 

Thank you, @Purina and @redrover for stepping up to create more solutions for survivors and helping them find safety from abuse with their beloved pets who are an essential member of their family.

#domesticviolenceawarenessmonth
#nomore
#enddv
#supportsurvivors

Breaking the cycle begins with knowing how to recognize abuse and how to hold someone accountable in stopping abusive be...
10/02/2020

Breaking the cycle begins with knowing how to recognize abuse and how to hold someone accountable in stopping abusive behavior.

When hearing the word “abuse,” many people only think of physical violence, but abuse usually starts with verbal and mental abuse.

Abuse can take on a number of different forms, and learning to identify the types is necessary to equip survivors and allies with the tools to protect themselves and loved ones from further harm and in some cases death.

“As I walked past him, I felt like a lioness ... He does not control me anymore."                                   - Li...
10/02/2020

“As I walked past him, I felt like a lioness ... He does not control me anymore."
- Lizette Contreras, Survivor

Thank you, Lizette for your courage in sharing your truth.

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Our programs include: *Issue: 1 in 4 women are affected by domestic violence. ~Program: Emergency Services and Support Through our direct services, we assist survivors with finding an attorney, housing, job placement, and childcare. *On a monthly basis, we are directly working with about 10 clients, adding up to about 120 families a year. *Issue: Lack of financial independence is the major reason for abused women to remain with their abuser. ~Program: Financial Literacy Through our Financial Literacy Program, we teach survivors how to achieve financial liberation and independence through coursework on budgeting, retirement, and family planning. *Last year, we helped about 45 women and this year we look to assist over 60 women and their families. *Issue: The highest rate of dating violence occurs between 16 to 24 years old. ~Program: National Domestic Violence College Tour Our National Domestic Violence College Tour, which has reached over 45 campuses nationwide provides educational workshops, teaching male and female college students the warning signs of an abusive relationship and how to help an accountable bystander, and is sponsored by respective colleges, universities and student groups. *We have reached over 50 schools and over 10,000 students over the past 7 years. *Issue: 50-80% of teens know a peer in a violent relationship and nearly 80% of physically abused girls in their relationship remain to date their abuser. ~Program: Becoming Your Own Heroine Through our “Becoming Your Own Heroine” Program, we collaborate with the Girl Scouts and youth organizations to train and educate “tweens” on dating violence, self-defense, and artistic expression; supported in 2010 by McDonalds. *Over the last 9 years of the program, we have reached over 2,000 young girls. *Issue: Due to domestic violence being a gendered crime and problem, work must be done with men and boys to teach them how to become allies to women and girls. ~Program: Men of Code Through our “Men of CODE" program, we engage men and boys to become leaders and allies in the movement to end violence against women. MoC represents Men of Character and Ownership, Dedicated to Leading by Example. *We will be working with over 400 young men from 2019 - 2020 in this program.

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Hi I'm really sorry to just contact you out the blue I was on Facebook and just popped up as something about domestic violence victims help I am trying to get help for me and my children I was recently involved and I'm very extreme Domestic and Sexual Assault as of a few days ago the guys in jail he's already threatened to come after me and my children and kill us he's done this before to somebody else I'm just trying to find help my family up in Washington State wants me to move up there so I'm safe with the kids and I can't seem to find anybody to help get the funding to gather to get us up there and away from him... if you know of any resources please let me know I've tried shelters and churches and can't seem to find anybody to help
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