Day One received a $5,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to support victim services, in particular, a support group for secondary victims of sexual abuse. Entitled ‘Finding our Way Back: Reconnecting to Traumatized Youth, ‘ this program addresses the traumatic effect of violence committed by members of the family. This group therapy is effective support for caregivers of domestic violence victims since the caregiver has to be aware of their own emotional reactions and be able to manage it to effectively help the survivor.
Day One is among 48 nonprofit agencies across New England receiving a total of $280,000 in Verizon Foundation grants to support domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and services programs. The Verizon Foundation New England Domestic Violence Solutions Awards focus on programs that provide survivors with resources that enable them to continue treatment and recovery; support the health and wellness of families affected by domestic violence; engage men to take action to end violence against women; and educate teens on healthy relationships.
Day One is the only agency in Rhode Island organized specifically to deal with issues of sexual assault as a community concern, and is currently addressing some of the most critical issues facing the state right now, including child sexual abuse, the commercial sexual exploitation of children, and college sexual assault.
“We’re seeing a significant increase in the need for our services, so this grant comes at a particularly important time,” says Peg Langhammer, Day One executive director. “We’re so grateful to the Verizon foundation for their generous support and look forward to continuing our efforts to end sexual violence in our communities.”
“Day One works hard each and every day to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault in local communities, while advocating for the rights and safety of survivors,” said Michele Cinquegrano, regional director of government affairs at Verizon. “Verizon is proud to continue to support and invest in these programs that help survivors and their families rebuild their lives and bring attention to this important issue affecting our communities.”
The Verizon Foundation is focused on accelerating social change by using the company’s innovative technology to help solve pressing problems in education, healthcare and energy management. Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has invested more than half a billion dollars to improve the communities where Verizon employees work and live. Verizon’s employees are generous with their donations and their time, having logged more than 6.8 million hours of service to make a positive difference in their communities. For more information about Verizon’s philanthropic work, visit www.verizonfoundation.org; or for regular updates, visit the Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.