It’s hard to get an accurate assessment of the number of victims of domestic violence across the United States, because many of the crimes go unreported. According to one U.S. Department of Justice survey, somewhere between 600,000 and 6 million women are victims of domestic violence each year and more than 100,000 men. Women account for 85 percent of the victims of domestic violence.
For the last 20 years, Venice nonprofit A Window Between Worlds has been using art to help women and children combat the effects of domestic violence.
Art therapy is recognized as a way to deal with traumatic events, from sexual assault to war, because it offers victims a safe space to process their experiences.
At A Window Between Worlds, volunteers work with battered kids and domestic partners in crisis shelters and transitional homes throughout L.A. and across most of the United States. The group works with nearly 60,000 survivors in the Los Angeles area alone.
A Window Between Worlds is always in need of art supplies. If you have access to any new or barely used art supplies that you could donate, contact the organization. The group is also accepting cash donations.
It’s now 62 percent along the way to its 20th anniversary fundraising goal of $200,000. You can help.