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Becky Lee Women's Support Fund

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Causes: Civil Rights, Philanthropy, Private Independent Foundations, Women, Womens Rights

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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6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

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.

4 Lily6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

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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J.c. M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I support Becky's Fund because as a brother, son, boyfriend and maybe one day father, I can't imagine anyone abusing the women in my life. My parents have been happily married for over 40 years. I have never seen my parents fight around me or my siblings. They instilled in me the value of treating everyone, but particularly women, with respect. They also taught me never to lay hands on a woman. I don't believe in women being abused physically or emotionally. My sisters will attest to how protective I am over them. I support Becky's Fund because I grew up with these values and I don't believe women should be afraid of the people they trust the most.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I helped to vet and introduce a friend and client to Becky Lee and the Becky's Fund more than 2 years ago. When several other organizations could not or would not help this soon to be survivor of a violent home, Becky stepped up and stepped in. She provided the support and guidance that was needed by my young client to navigate a difficult and scary path to a new life. Since then I have come to know Becky and the organization well. Becky's Fund is a rare mix of innovation, contemporary energy, and compassion. All of those things are embodied by its Executive Director, Becky Lee. Becky fearlessly and tirelessly goes into dark places in other peoples lives and brings rays of hope. Out of that dark and violent shadow often steps a survivor, a new voice, and often times a volunteer. For those of us who get to see the work Becky and her organization do, we are left in collective awe, and inspired to do more ourselves. The passion, commitment and energy that Becky instills in others is contagious. The innovative ways in which the organization reaches different audiences is to be admired. DV is a problem that affects every strata of society -- in the Becky's Fund you will find several voices signing in concert and in perfect pitch with its several audiences. Bravo, Becky Lee!