Protecting Domestic Violence Victims Amidst COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Orders
CLF announced today a joint funding effort with Twitter/Square CEO Jack Dorsey to address a surge in domestic violence in Los Angeles. The combined $4.2 million in funds will enable the Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles to provide 10 weeks of support for victims of domestic abuse including shelter, meals and counseling for individuals and their children.
An estimated 10 million people experience domestic violence in the U.S. each year. The Los Angeles Housing Authority has determined that dozens of individuals (and their children, in many cases) are being turned away from at-capacity domestic violence shelters every week as incidents have been on the rise since the Safer at Home Order was issued in March.
CLF and Dorsey, who have previously partnered on impact projects, knew that swift action was required and decided to address the issue together. CLF’s $2.1 million commitment follows two previous rounds of COVID-19 emergency response grants, bringing the foundation’s total to over $8 million in coronavirus-related support.