Becky Lee Women's Support Fund

Rating: 4.83 stars   64 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Philanthropy, Women

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  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

As a long time Washington D.C. resident and professional, many worthy organizations approach me and fellow DC-ites to contribute time, funds and general support for their particular cause. Becky's Fund was brought to my attention after first starting its aggressive campaign against the violence against women problem our country has, and I have been a supporter since as a donor, volunteer, and informal advisor to Ms. Lee. What's important here is that Ms. Lee is a hands on leader who tackles this sensitive issue head on. She has assisted women I know in DC with their issues in this regard, helping them work out their own personally painful experiences. However, and more important, she is working as a professional and attorney to eliminate the cause of the problem - a lack of education among young men and women regarding violence and unacceptable behavior. I will continue to support Beckys Fund in its fight. And while I am a father of two girls, so I am biased about the importance of this issue, it is an issue that affects all of us in some way, and it must be addressed by compassionate and informed professionals like Ms. Lee.

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Beckys Fund has assisted women I know during terrible times in their lives surrounding domestic violence incidents through counselling and other actions

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

Ensure Board members donate more funds and expand the "member support base" to ensure a continual flow of funds, not just at special events. Otherwise, it is well run by Ms. Lee.

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Violence against women

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A cause worthy of their time and money - a good organization to help during these tough times.

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2011

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