Aurora donates $3.4 million for sexual assault and domestic violence prevention programs

By Freeman Staff

July 31, 2015

MILWAUKEE — Aurora Health Care announced Friday the donation of more than $3.4 million in grants through its Better Together Fund to nearly two dozen community organizations, colleges and universities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

The funds will be used to support the development and expansion or community-based sexual assault and domestic violence prevention and treatment programs.

“Aurora Health Care is proud to be working hand-in-hand with these dedicated community-based providers throughout eastern Wisconsin to help stem the tide of domestic violence and sexual assault,” said Nick Turkal, MD, CEO of Aurora Health Care, in a statement. “Aurora has never shied away difficult conversations and community concerns. While we’ve been championing efforts to put an end to domestic and sexual violence for more than 25 years, we know that there is still much work to be done and that — together — we can make a tangible difference.’’

Grant recipients include the following:

• Advocates of Ozaukee County, Ozaukee County, $16,500 to further train crisis counselors, social workers and advocates to better assist the victims of domestic and sexual violence in Ozaukee County

• Friends of Abused Families, Washington County, $25,000 to increase the capacity of the Transitional Living Program for victims of perpetrator violence

• Hmong American Women’s Association, Milwaukee County, $21,000 to support the Young Leaders Anti-Violence Program in increasing community awareness around gender-based violence

• Jewish Family Services, Milwaukee County, $48,325 to provide mental health and trauma-related counseling sessions to adults who are survivors of sexual assault and/or domestic violence

• Marquette University, Milwaukee County, $209,429 to support the Creating a Safe Campus Environment program which works to prevent sexual violence and support survivors

• Meta House, Milwaukee County, $31,716 to provide much needed in-depth trauma services and advocacy
• Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, Milwaukee County, $20,455 to expand sexual assault and domestic violence advocacy services to the underserved population of LGBT-identified individuals in the Milwaukee area
• Near West Side Partners, Milwaukee County, $499,998 to staff the PARC — Promoting Assets and Reducing Crime — Initiative, which will help address sexual assault violence in the Near West Side neighborhood of Milwaukee

• Pathfinders, Milwaukee County, $30,000 to increase and improve sexual assault advocacy service delivery and capacity to underserved populations

• Sojourner Family Peace Center, Milwaukee County, $1.4 million to help with construction costs for the new facility and to provide a specially- trained sexual assault nurse and counselor on site at the facility for the next five years

• University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, $255,000 to create a comprehensive approach to sexual violence on campus — increasing awareness of sexual violence, enhancing prevention and expanding bystander education

• Women’s Center - Waukesha County, $45,000 to support collaborative efforts with The Child Advocacy Center of Waukesha County and to help increase staff counseling capacity