Uber and Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) have teamed up to help El Paso residents who are suffering domestic violence get to a safe location, free of charge.
The donation from Uber will supply around 1,000 free rides (totaling $20,000) for victims of abuse across Texas, and the funds will be deposited directly in the Uber Business accounts of seven select programs TCFV chose to receive the funds, including El Paso’s own Center Against Sexual and Family Violence.
“What one often takes for granted – getting to work or to a medical or court appointment – often feels insurmountable for a survivor and her children. Uber’s support not only creates the mechanism to get to a destination, it inspires hope for that individual,” said Gloria Aguilera Terry, CEO of TCFV.
“Transportation to a family violence center or shelter is a crucial part of a victim’s journey. TCFV is eager and privileged to help channel these critical transportation funds to domestic violence programs in Texas.”
According to officials, access to these services is critical now more than ever as domestic and sexual violence is said to have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic due to victims being isolated at home with abusers and nearly 3 million women leaving the workforce because of COVID-related economic hardship or caregiving obligations.
The programs receiving funds are:
|Asian Family Support Services of Austin||Austin, TX|
|Family Violence Prevention Services||San Antonio, TX|
|Aid to Victims of Abuse||Houston, TX|
|Family Services of Southeast Texas||Beaumont, TX|
|Denton County Friends of the Family||Denton, TX|
|Center Against Sexual and Family Violence||El Paso, TX|
|Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation||Plano, TX|
“When I started my career working in a domestic and sexual violence safehouse, not having the funding provide transportation for a survivor to access shelter was devastating. Today, Uber is so honored to partner with the Texas Council on Family Violence to ensure that transportation is not a barrier in any survivor’s path to safety and healing,” said Brittany Anthony, Head of Global Women’s Safety Policy for Uber.
Local Texas domestic violence programs will be set up with their own Uber account for the program where staff and volunteers will be able to send victims Uber Vouchers for a free ride or call the ride on behalf of the victim.
Domestic violence services in Texas remain operational during the COVID-19 crisis. If you or someone you know needs help or support, please visit tcfv.org to locate the program near you, or contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline / thehotline.org / 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS is to 22522.
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