Safe Journey receives $10K for anti-domestic violence efforts | News
Safe Journey, a Fairport-based nonprofit organization that supports victims of domestic violence, has received $10,000 in funding from Rochester Area Community Foundation's Women and Girls’ Project Fund.
The funds will be used to support Safe Journey’s survivor transition program, which provides individual counseling, support group, personal empowerment courses, court accompaniment, legal coaching and financial counseling to domestic violence survivors.
Demand for Safe Journey’s services doubled last year and can be attributed in large part to the lingering recession and the strain that mounting financial pressures can create in middle-class, suburban families.
Since 1998, Safe Journey has been addressing the unique needs of suburban domestic violence victims, who often fall through the cracks of traditional human service programs.
“Domestic violence occurs in every neighborhood, though it is generally a well kept secret," said Allison O’Malley, Executive Director of Safe Journey.
While conventional wisdom believes that domestic violence only impacts low income urban and rural women, the truth is that domestic violence knows no socioeconomic bounds.
The Women and Girls’ Project of the Rochester Area Community Foundation has been a long time supporter of Safe Journey’s programs and this year’s gift comes at a critical time as the organization struggles to keep pace with growing demand.
In 2011, Safe Journey served 149 women. This year, on a budget of $135,000, the organization anticipates serving 170 or more.