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Judge Agnes Chappell shows success of Women’s Fund effort

June 11, 2009

When the Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham, a component fund of the Community Foundation, began working to create systemic change in how domestic violence cases are handled in our court system, the task was daunting. Today, as a recent op-ed piece by Judge Agnes Chappell describes, it is clear that the efforts of local attorneys and other Women’s Fund’s donors are paying off.

By supporting the Women’s Fund giving circle called Voices Against Violence, these (mostly) women have been able to focus their gifts on goals beyond basic (and much-needed) support for victims of domestic violence. Through their gifts and grants to nonprofit partners, they have been able to provide better advocacy for victims and better information for judges as they handle domestic violence cases.

For example, as Chappell said, a grant to the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence provided training to court and law enforcement, funded a YWCA court advocate and purchased digital cameras for the Birmingham Police Department. When other partners joined the cause, it proved once again that donors, public officials, nonprofits organizations and volunteers working together can create important change for the good. Click here to find out more about The Women’s Fund and this important initiative.

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