Today the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (GCADV) and Mattress Firm announce a new partnership as they recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month. During the month of October, communities and businesses are encouraged to support local efforts that assist victims in finding the help and healing they need, and to recommit to putting an end to domestic violence in America.
Mattress Firm has committed to making every bed a safe bed by donating 17 new mattresses to a local Atlanta shelter for immigrant and refugee victims of domestic violence.
“We’re so grateful to Mattress Firm for their contribution and for demonstrating what businesses can do to help break the cycle of domestic violence in our communities,” said Nicole Lesser, executive director of the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “All businesses can play a role to ensure that survivors of domestic violence know they are not alone, and that there are resources available to them.”
Over 100 Georgians lose their lives to domestic violence each year. Domestic violence is a leading cause of injury to women in Georgia between the ages of 15 and 44, with nearly one out of every three women in this age group being abused at least once by their partners during their lifetimes.
“Mattress Firm is proud to partner with GCADV in an effort to put an end to domestic violence in Georgia,” said Ebony LeFlore, district manager for Mattress Firm in Atlanta. “We are committed to providing victims the help and resources they need, and to supporting the health and well-being of our community.”
Guided by the voices of survivors, the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence brings together member agencies, allied organizations and supportive individuals who are committed to ending domestic violence. It works to create social change by addressing the root causes of this violence, leading advocacy efforts for responsive public policy, and fostering quality, comprehensive prevention and intervention services throughout the state.