Becky Lee Women's Support Fund

Rating: 4.83 stars   64 reviews

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Location: 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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Rating: 5 stars  

Great non profit organization and a great cause! I just went to the recent fashion show and had a blast. Becky is extreemely passionate about what she does and I enjoy participating in these events. I hope to soon be able to volunteer. :)

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2012

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Great time with amazing people for a very important cause. I have been pleased with the Becky's Fund events I attended in the past and look forward to more in the future!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the pleasure of working with Becky Lee and her non-profit for the past 2 1/2 years. I first invited Becky to come speak to my Issue's in Women's Health class at American University in the Fall of 2010 and have invited her back every semester since. As a professor at both American and GW it is great to have a local non-profit that is so accessible and can relate to college aged women on such an important topic. Every year my students tell how much of an impact Becky's Fund presentation had and often ask about volunteering with the organization.

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Life-changing

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Rating: 5 stars  

Volunteering for Becky’s Fund has been one of the most gratifying experiences I have had as a student here in Washington, D.C., over the past few years. I first became involved with the organization after Becky Lee came in as a guest speaker on the issue of domestic violence in one of my classes. Becky Lee has a personally inspiring story in the founding this non-profit and the level of her devotion to ending and preventing domestic violence for all women. After that one guest lecture, where Becky put an end to certain myths surrounding DV that I had always heard repeated (such as DV only manifesting as physical abuse), I knew I wanted to work for her organization by contributing my time. When I come into the office, I am given research assignments on university policies surrounding sexual harassment prevention and resources available to students, or domestic violence is rural Alaska where resources are few and far between. I have also been assigned to work on video projects that target 12 to 16 year-olds on the warning signs of dating violence. In such an accomplished and strong organization, I have been thrilled at how much responsibility I have been handed and how respected my work has been, which drives me to work even harder! I feel as though the work I do here is truly helping to make a difference in domestic violence awareness. I plan to stay with Becky’s Fund for a long time to come and I look forward to working directly with clients in the future.

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Life-changing

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2012

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Donating money to a charity is one thing, but donating your time and sweat is another. As I like to joke with Becky, time is not tax deductible. When someone is really moved by a cause they are willing donate their time and energy to help support that cause. I remember getting a text from Becky, "hey, can you come help me out for an hour? We just need to move a few things." 4 or 5 hours later, we have finished moving a "few" things. But that is the life of someone involved with a great cause that they believe in, long days full of countless hours of work. I have never seen someone work as hard as Becky to successfully help others in need. She is able to do what she does, because of her belief in the mission of Becky's Fund. That belief and passion is contagious, and makes it easy to spend countless hours helping out. Bringing awareness to and ending domestic violence is one of the most worthy causes I have volunteered for and I look forward to dedicating more of my time and sweat in the future.

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Definitely

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Becky's Fund was one of the most important experiences of my life as in immigrant woman . Becky made me feel and this was not an issue only for Americans that is really happening world wide and we need to so something about it. Is so hard to be on other women shoes that's why you never have to underestimate the pain and the struggle of other people. I'm proud to represent all Latin woman and this charity cause today ... because if we don't do anything about it this issue could affect the people you love the most.

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Life-changing

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Becky's Fund was one of the most positive working experiences of my life. In the eight months I interned at BF I feel like we made such an impact on the campaign against domestic violence. Before working there I thought of DV as an important issue, but I did not truly realize its magnitude. Becky's Fund showed me that DV is a public issue that has family, community, and national ramifications. One of the great aspects of Becky's Fund is its ability to influence DV on the individual level and the community level. Its programs such as Financial Planning Sessions for Women directly help survivors who seek out help in restarting their lives. Simultaneously its Men's Mentorship Program and College Tour work toward preventing DV by educating America's youth about the issue. Becky's Fund is a wonderful organization that works tirelessly on the anti-DV campaign and is always looking for innovative ways of preventing it. My internship at Becky's Fund was worth every moment.

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Life-changing

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2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

A friend introduced me to Becky Lee last winter and through speaking with her I first learned about Becky's Fund and its mission to raise awareness of domestic and dating violence. I took particular interest in Becky and her story because I had never met someone who started their own nonprofit organization. It is a relief everytime you meet someone so passionate about a cause that had never previously affected them directly. I believe this represents an awareness of human conditions and experience that extends far beyond oneself. Becky informed me of the various methods Becky's Fund utilizes to help accomplish its mission. One of the programs that I took an interest in is the Young Men's Mentorship program. The purpose of the program is to reduce future instances of domestic violence by providing a role model and setting a positive example for young men who are determined to be at risk of potentially becoming abusers in adulthood. Becky introduced me to the program by inviting me to attend various program events. I discovered that Becky's Fund allowed me the opportunity to contribute to a great cause on a personal level that is missed out on when you just contribute through monetary donations. Becky Lee represents a degree of selflessness that is to be admired and possesses a wealth of compassion. It is a pleasure to work with her and Becky's Fund.

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Life-changing

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2012

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I've been donating to Becky's Fund for a few years now after I'd met the founder, Becky Lee. Seeing how passioniate she was about this great charity inspired me to get involved. They seem to be constantly coming up with new and exciting ways to raise awareness and help to end domestic violence. I will continue to support this great organization!

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Like far too many others, my childhood family was marred by domestic violence. Frankly, until I met Becky I was satisfied just to avoid having it recur in my adult family. Meeting Becky, watching her dedication, hard work and learning from the experiences she shared from the many women she has helped changed all that. I now know, for example, that as deadly as it sometimes is, physical abuse may be the least painful occurrence. The psychological and emotional damage done to the "person" of the victim and to the children is devastating because, more often than not, it goes unrecognized and/or untreated for a lifetime. Becky helped me see that in my own life. One word is more appropriate that any other when it comes to Becky's Fund- GIVE!

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