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Becky Lee Women's Support Fund

Rating: 4.85 stars   71 reviews 6,870

Nonprofit Issues:

Civil Rights, Philanthropy, Women

Address:

5 Thomas Circle NW Fourth floor Washington DC 20005 USA

Mission:

Becky Lee Women's Support Fund (Becky's Fund) was founded in November 2006 by Becky Lee, an advocate and attorney for battered women's rights. After seeing the lack of support for small domestic violence organizations, she decided to create an organization to help both battered women and other organizations that fight domestic violence continue the work they were doing on behalf of these battered women.

Results:

Through our Emergency Services and Support program, on a monthly basis, we are directly working with about 10 clients, adding up to about 120 families a year. Last year, we helped about 30 women through our Financial Literacy program and this year we look to assist over 40 women and their families. Through our National Domestic Violence College Tour, we have reached over 50 schools and over 10,000 students over the past 7 years. Over the last 5 years of the Becoming Your Own Heroine program, we have reached over 1,000 young girls. We will be working with over 400 young men from 2013 – 2015 in the Men of Code program. We look forward to working with over 25 families during 2013 through our Peace at Home program.

Programs:

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. 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; supported in 2012 by Northwestern Mutual and TD Bank. 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. 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. 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 are partnering with DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Friendship Collegiate High School to create a new program that engages 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. Issue: Veterans with PTSD are 2-3 times more likely than veterans without PTSD to engage in intimate partner violence.   Program: Peace at Home Through our “Peace at Home” program, we partner with mental health professionals, military, and affected military families to address the effects of PTSD on the family unit and provide support to prevent suicide and increased violence to family members.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I have supported Becky's Fund for years and I cannot express the amount of awareness and resources the organization has provided over the years. Without a voice, this disease would still be hidden behind closed doors and swapped under the rug. Becky has made it her life mission to eradicate this issue once and for all because 'Freedom from Domestic Violence is Our Right'! Thank you, Becky, for all that you've done and bringing this life-threatening issue to the forefront of everyone's attention!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I rarely post online reviews/comments but because the work and cause to end and prevent domestic violence is one that is so important, I wanted to leave this note. Initially, I came across this organization because they assisted and supported someone I personally know. The programs they have, including Men of Code is something real and tangible. Working with athletes to help build them not only physically but as strong exemplary members of the community is something I fully support. Becky and her team actively help survivors of violence through every step of what is often a long process. I have never heard of her ever turning away anyone. Keep up the good work.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter and I have volunteered with Becky's Fund for over 6 years. As a domestic violence survivor it is important for me to provide my daughter with the knowledge and tools to overcome anything. We worked with Becky to develop the Becoming Your Own Heroine program which benefits young girls and teenagers. I also worked directly with Becky as a staff member and witnessed first hand the dedication not only from Becky, but from those inspired by her.

 
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Having personally witnessed domestic violence, there is nothing more in this world I wish to bestow on my daughter than self-empowerment and self-worth. My daughter, who is ten now, and I have volunteered with Becky's Fund for 2 1/2 years. Becky and her organization have been instrumental in my daughter's growth and understanding. From workshops with the Girl Scouts on self-empowerment and knowing your rights, to Critical Incident Awareness Training teaching her to escape possible life-threatening situations. The events and workshops have been amazing, and I do not know that I would have found alternatives if Becky's Fund did not exist.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My daughter's self-awareness.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not do a thing.

 
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I got involved with the Beckysfund in 2009, as a former NFL player that walked in The Walk This Way fashion show. That was my first time ever meeting Becky Lee and I got good energy from her and about her mission. I got more involved because what she's advocating to stop brought memories to me and I've seen the growth of Beckysfund. I've spoken with a mother and son who had to gain courage to leave an abusive situation and to see that they are doing well gives us all a great feeling! I've had the privilege to speak to the athletes who are apart of Men of Code and stressed the point to learn how to conduct themselves in relationships, respect themselves and others, seek help when a problem arise, and strive to active doing something positive in the community. I have been involved with Beckysfund for seven years now and I proud of this small nonprofit grow and make huge positive impacts on young student athletes, those seeking help in abusive relationships and how this organization has gotten great community support so the mission can be carried out. I look forward to this organization's future and being on the Beckysfund Team to do my part to be a mentor.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been on the board of this amazing organization for close to 5 years now; aside from working for a cause that's very near and dear to my heart, it is also Becky's unparalleled work ethics, magnanimous and effervescent personality, as well as her steadfast passion that's kept me close by her side for all of these years. Her dedication to the mission of eradicating this global pandemic is bordering sainthood and we are all lucky to have her on our side fighting the good fight and giving voices to those who are too afraid to speak out. Here's to all that you do: Cheers, Becky!!

 
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My interest in Becky's Fund began with being the father of 2 daughters who were starting to seriously date as they got older. I quickly learned that domestic violence can impact both women and men and their families, especially children. I was amazed by the passion of both Becky Lee and the staff of Becky's Fund in their quest to educate the public and prevent domestic violence. My involvement in Men of Code has provided me the opportunity to create a strong mentor relationship with young athletes, to guide them and offer them advice on not only relationship issues but life. It's has been a very rewarding experience for me. Becky's Fund is available 24/7 in working directly with survivors and helping them get safe, find housing, find a lawyer, and get mental support and I have personally witnessed the positive results for victims due the assistance provided by Becky's Fund.

As a small nonprofit, Becky and her team accomplish so much with the support of the community to impact change both from the prevention side with educating youth and directly with survivors. As a Board Member I am proud to continually support Becky and Becky's Fund, as I believe every day they make a difference in this world.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I started volunteering at Becky's Fund with another survivor in 2013 for the Walk This Way event. As a professional in this field I have seen how effective Becky's Fund continues to be with their Men of Code program, creating strong mentorship with the athletes to prevent violence. I have also worked with the nonprofit to help get survivors get safe, find housing, and with mental health assistance. I personally have seen how much Becky's Fund can do with the support of the community to impact change with prevention and education programs.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

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I really do not know what this nonprofit does that is special. There are other nonprofits in the DC area that do very, very good work in the field of domestic violence, such as the DC Coalition against Domestic Violence, and My Sister's Place. This seems like a simple vanity project, and I believe that we as a community need to stand behind organizations that are helping to provide true support to the community. I understand that there are people who are "passionate" about these topics, and I appreciate that. However, the programs that this non-profit runs seem to be dedicated towards building the personal brand of one individual alone.

 
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NO! You were NOT at the Capitol Hill during the hearing of MY PANEL DISCUSSION ON IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM.

Ms. Lee and I expressly discussed the lies in this video when I returned from a conference in London in April of 2010, and I was under the impression that this video was deleted from the internet.

When confronted with the lies in this video, Ms. Lee repeatedly apologized for her deceptive conduct (all of which is documented), and she assured me that she would take necessary steps to correct the lies perpetuated in this video, which took advantage of my international policy-related work.

It is an absolute disgrace that Ms. Lee continues to use others to further her attempt at reaching "celebrity" status and climbing social ladders of various kind. http://youtu.be/ES5TaeOk2no

 
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I believe that God works in poignant and telling ways, which is exemplified by my relationship with Becky's Fund and Becky Lee. 4 months ago, I was finally able to end my abusive relationship, during which I lost my identity, was isolated from my friends and family, and suffered physical abuse. Before my relationship, I had had the opportunity to work with Becky’s Fund as a model in their annual charity fashion show as a model. I learned about the organization’s message, to foster awareness about domestic violence and eradicate it from our culture. And while I never realized I was in an abusive relationship as it was unfolding, I was lucky to have a light at the end of my dark tunnel, as I realized I was living with an abuser. As I ended my relationship, and looked for ways to heal and recover, I reached out to Becky, the founder of Becky’s Fund and asked her if I could come in and talk. She has been an amazing friend and mentor, in working with me in my personal journey to rebuild my life, and also helping me to reach others, and use my story to change the perceptions of domestic violence. I am so excited to continue to work with Becky’s Fund and speak to groups of young people, urging them to be more aware of abuse that might creep into their relationships and the relationships of those close to them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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