Helping KU students overcome interpersonal violence
We’ve reached our goal to meet our matching gift challenge - we are still gratefully accepting donations! All gifts will help support student survivors now, and in the future.
Women Philanthropists for KU is partnering with KU Student Affairs to help students affected by relationship and/or sexual violence. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, nearly three in ten women and one in ten men in the United States have experienced sexual assault, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner (or former partner). This risk is heightened during college, especially for students with marginalized identities.
At KU, the Interpersonal Violence Fund provides one-time financial assistance to students who have experienced intimate partner/dating violence, stalking, sexual assault, rape, and harassment. Over the past five years, nearly 90 KU students received support from the Interpersonal Violence Fund. Requests have ranged from $20 to $800, with $500 being the average amount. This fund has helped address immediate safety needs such as changing locks, replacing bedding or clothing, and helping cover utility and housing costs. The fund has also covered post-assault medical and mental health care.
Experiencing harm negatively impacts students’ lives in significant ways, but a relatively small amount of financial assistance can make a huge difference and help them continue their educational journey at KU. Your gift is one that will substantially help an individual student in their time of need.
Double the impact of your gift today! Every dollar you give – up to $2,500 – will be matched by a private donor’s commitment to help us reach our goal of $5,000 for the Interpersonal Violence Fund.
You have the power to make a difference. Please join the Women Philanthropists for KU in supporting KU students.
“I have the incredible privilege of helping students request assistance through the Interpersonal Violence Fund. I’m in a position to hear how much these funds can help our student survivors start to cope, meet basic safety needs, and empower them to make their own decisions on their terms after harm. I want you to know that this fund really helps students when they need it most.”
-Melissa Foree, Care Coordinator
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Provides assistance for changing locks or paying utilities