Thursday, December 27, 2007

Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence receives $25,000 grant

Lindsay Pease, Northwest Regional Rep. for Allstate; Cindy Cline, Deputy Director of Women Helping Women on Maui; Suzanne Green, Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence; and Rep. John Mizuno

Thanks to the efforts of Suzanne Green, Cindy Cline and Rep. John Mizuno, the Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from Allstate Hawaii to fund an educational program that will help abate domestic violence. (Green is a domestic violence educator with HSCADV, and Cline is the Deputy Director of Women Helping Women of Maui.)

In October, while attending an Economic Empowerment Conference to End Domestic Violence in Chicago, the three-member team met and discussed economic empowerment projects for Hawaii with Lindsay Pease, a representative from Allstate.

Allstate answered their call for support in Hawaii with a generous grant that will fund curriculum and two-day training education for domestic violence service providers who will in turn provide economic education classes to victims and survivors of domestic violence.

At the conference, the team collaborated with financial institutions to help victims of abuse and reviewed federal and state policies on domestic violence. They also worked on asset building and collaborated with survivor center economic advocacy representatives to seek methods to effectively address domestic violence.

A message from Rep. John Mizuno:

"Measures to address domestic violence will be a hot issue for the 2008 legislative session. While funding will be relatively low for the upcoming session, we will try to be creative in seeking private funds and matching funds from the federal government, such TANF, to address domestic violence and to simply increase the awareness and education of domestic violence and asset building to the people of Hawaii. We need to end domestic violence through advocacy, education, prevention, awareness, support, economic empowerment and through policies."

Mahalo Nui Loa,

Rep. John Mizuno

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