Local woman receives grant money to move past domestic violence
July 06, 2015
By Maria Papadopoulos, The Enterprise
BROCKTON – One local victim of domestic violence is on her way to a new life, thanks to a recent grant.
The woman is among 14 victims of sexual and domestic violence statewide to receive money totaling $10,000 from the 2015 Economic Empowerment Grants that are being dispersed through various agencies, officials said.
The grants, issued by Jane Doe Inc. and The Allstate Foundation, will help victims reach economic stability and independence, said Ruth Zakarin, director of domestic violence and clinical services at Family and Community Resources Inc. in Brockton.
“It goes directly to a particular survivor to help them move forward with their employment or educational goals to help with their economic self sufficiency,” Zakarin said. “We’re kind of just the conduit.”
Locally, one woman will receive about $900 to take classes to further her vocational skills to reach her goal of being a successful business owner, Zakarin said.
Zakarin said this is the first time a Family and Community Services client has received the grant money through an application from the agency.
The agency serves more than 10 local communities including Brockton, Abington, Stoughton and Easton and provides services to adult victims of domestic violence and children who have witnessed violence.
It can be harder for domestic violence victims to break away if they have children with their abuser, since they are oftentimes emotionally and financially connected, Zakarin said.
“We know that folks are at greater risk when they’re experiencing financial instability and it’s harder to get out of the situation itself,” she said.
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