FavorHouse of Northwest Florida, a certified domestic violence center for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, is launching its Giving Tuesday campaign, which is aimed at spreading awareness and raising funds to benefit local domestic survivors.
“All funds raised will be used to provide safe, emergency shelter for domestic violence victims- a sanctuary providing healing and hope,” said Sue Hand, Executive Director of FavorHouse of Northwest Florida. “Survivors and their children do not pay for any of the services they receive.”
Their goal is to raise an additional $40,000 through the Giving Tuesday initiative in honor of the ending of FavorHouse’s 40th year. If 1,000 donors gave $40, the goal can be achieved!
Despite increased domestic violence occurrences, the emergency shelter had been utilized 50% less due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
During this campaign, FavorHouse aims to spread awareness about the safety and cleanliness of its facilities, especially during a season when there is an increase in domestic violence.
“The holidays can be a stressor in these situations. Maybe the abusive partner feels like they have to do more, give more, maybe gifts are not as plentiful, perhaps they've lost the job in these trying times. If family wants to come to visit, the victims might try to keep it all together and not show what's actually happening,” said Hand. “It starts at Thanksgiving, and goes all the way through the new year.” - Sue Hand, FavorHouse of Northwest Florida Executive Director