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Event to aid victims of domestic violence

The West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence marshals many resources to help victims and survivors of domestic abuse.

Its 14 programs cover all 55 West Virginia counties and offer free services such as emergency shelter and counseling.

But there are needs outside those programs, so the coalition set up what it calls its Empowerment Fund to provide help for the many miscellaneous requests that arise.

A fundraiser Thursday evening called Turning a New Leaf will go toward the Empowerment Fund.

"It is a pot of money so that victims and survivors can make requests for things like car repairs, things our programs can't give them," said Nikki Erwin, the coalition's advocacy coordinator. "We've paid for new glasses for victims whose glasses got broken. We've had pregnant women who had to leave their homes and couldn't get their baby stuff. We've bought furniture."

Erwin said requests typically are less than $300.

"People are usually conservative with their requests," she said.

Thursday's fundraiser is set up like a garden party. It takes place on the grounds of the historical Craik-Patton House on Kanawha Boulevard East near Daniel Boone Park.

There will be drinks, appetizers and entertainment by the Pennington Project Band. Gift baskets put together by area women's clubs will be offered in a silent auction.

Erwin said the fundraiser, scheduled every two years, has consistently grown.

"We made $1,500 our first year and about $3,000 the last time," she said. "We really try to have a nice event, and we try to do it on a really tight budget."

Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 the night of the event, which is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Email Erwin at nerwin or call 304-965-3552 for information.


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