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City of Albuquerque Directs $250,000 in CARES Funds to Non-Profits Serving Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Local groups face intense pressure due to pandemic

ALBUQUERQUE – The City of Albuquerque has dedicated $250,000 in CARES funding to provide economic relief to local domestic violence and sexual assault non-profit organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The CABQ Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Economic Relief Program is open for applications. The grant will be administered by the Office of Civil Rights and the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

 
“The stressors of the pandemic have increased the risks of domestic violence and made it more difficult for those experiencing violence to access help. Local organizations that provide services to those experiencing domestic violence have reported a steep rise in requests for services. We recognize the need for additional funding to support the work of these organizations,” said Torri Jacobus, Director of the Office of Civil Rights and Chair of the City of Albuquerque Domestic Violence Task Force

Non-profit organizations serving survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault have been impacted by COVID-19 in many ways including a decrease in revenue and an increase in expenses. The one-time grants are intended to provide some economic relief to non-profit organizations serving populations directly impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault located in the City of Albuquerque or serving clientele from Albuquerque.


The work of the City of Albuquerque Domestic Violence Task Force helped to highlight the need for this additional funding. We urge anyone experiencing domestic violence to find help at https://www.cabq.gov/help/domestic-violence or by calling (505) 243-2333,” said Dawn Begay, Native American Affairs Coordinator with the Office of Equity and Inclusion and Vice Chair of the Domestic Violence Task Force.

The City is working with community-based organizations to inform the public about this new funding, including the City of Albuquerque Domestic Violence Task Force.

“The partners we all rely on to support survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in our community are under intense pressure as a result of the pandemic—at a time when the risks are higher than ever,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “We’re stepping up to be there for them in the same way they are there for our community.”
 

Applications for the CABQ Domestic Violence / Sexual Assault Economic Relief Program are open and the deadline to apply is December 10. Only local non-profit organizations serving survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault may apply.

For more information and to apply, please visit http://www.cabq.gov/office-of-equity-inclusion/domestic-violence-sexual-assault-economic-relief-program-grant.

 

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