Every year the cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion. Domestic violence is costing us, as a community, more than $5.8 billion per year.
What would I do with 5.8 billion dollars? That’s a big question. It’s almost hard to envision having that much money to spend. 5.8 million? Sure, I could blow through that pretty quickly, I think. But 5.8 billion?
My husband and I don’t gamble, we don’t typically even buy lottery tickets. However, once in a while when the lottery gets to a ridiculous number like $200 million, we splurge and buy a lottery ticket. Then, for the next 24 hours, we play a game – what would we spend it on?
We’d pay off our mortgage, make sure our nieces and nephews had college funds, maybe set up some immediate family members with some fun money or help with retirement funds, travel a bit, but then, well quite frankly, we start giving it away. Every time.
And what if we could give it away in such a manner that it became an ongoing gift? Not something that was once and done, but something that could keep giving back. What if we could help empower women who are struggling to find their way out of a domestic violence situation? 5.8 billion dollars could go a long way in helping women find safe homes to live in. It could certainly help pay for education. It could help pay for career counseling and interview suits. It could pay for all those things, so that women are empowered to rejoin their community and give back to others. Then it comes full circle, doesn’t it?
It’s fun to daydream, but we don’t need a lottery ticket to make this happen. We CAN make these things happen with the support of our community, whether it’s a financial donation, a donation of your time or services, we can help change the lives for women in domestic violence situations. We can help them find their way to flourishing. We just need your help to make it happen.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Please consider supporting A Woman’s Place (AWP), in whatever way is meaningful to you. But if you happen to have $5.8 billion dollars in your pocket, we’d be happy to help you spend that too.
President of Board of Directors
A Woman’s Place