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Celebrating the Strength, Courage, and Determination of Women

We’ve all seen and read the heart-breaking horror stories of victims of domestic abuse.  Thankfully, there is an organization that has been sheltering and helping many of these victims since 1984, when a group of Palm Beach County residents formed a coalition specifically for the purpose of creating a shelter for victims of domestic abuse.

Local businesswoman and philanthropist, Marta Batmasian, has been a supporter of AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse) since joining the Junior League of Boca Raton in 1985, and is one of the sponsors of their 12th Annual Heart of a Woman Luncheon – Celebrating the Strength, Courage, and Determination of Women.  This inspiring event is taking place on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club in Boca Raton.

AVDA has been a safe haven for thousands of victims of domestic abuse. Adults and children are provided 24-hour, 7 days a week emergency shelter, crisis counseling, food, clothing, individual and group counseling services.  AVDA promotes violence-free relationships and social change by offering alternative choices to end violence and domestic abuse.

In 2016, AVDA received a substantial increase in funding from the Victims of Crime Act to add a victim advocate position.  That same year, AVDA also received new funding from the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV) to add a full time Economic Justice Advocate, thereby expanding AVDA’s economic empowerment program, Anne’s STEPS (Support Training and Education for Personal Success). This expansion allows AVDA to offer the Anne’s STEPS program through the outreach program in addition to the residential programs.

In October of 2017, AVDA was awarded a grant from Palm Beach County Division of Youth Services to hire another Violence Prevention Educator to expand AVDA’s prevention program by starting Men of Strength Clubs engaging men and boys in building individualized definitions of masculinity that promote healthy relationships.  Commit to Change  programming creates the social change necessary to reduce inequities and disparities within our community that works against women’s empowerment, self-determination, economic, and gender equity by empowering young women and mobilizing young men as allies in reducing violence against women and girls.

AVDA’s growth reflects the dedication of the organization to empower victims of domestic abuse and enable them to live their lives independently and free of fear, a cause very near and dear to Marta Batmasian’ s heart.

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