In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, Lyft is partnering with the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence to remove a key barrier for survivors fleeing abusive situations: transportation. The rideshare company announced that it will be donating $20,000 in ride credits to AZCESDV, to assist Arizona shelters in providing safe transportation for victims escaping domestic violence situations.
“Domestic violence is a blight on society. No woman or child should ever have to endure physical, mental or sexual abuse by a partner or family member,” said Drena Kusari, general manager of Lyft’s Southwest and Hawaii regions. “Lyft is committed to increasing public awareness about this widespread issue and helping victims break the cycle of violence.”
Lyft announced the yearlong rideshare credit at a donation drive event in Steele Indian School Park, hosted by City of Phoenix. Lyft drivers collected donations of much-needed supplies for local domestic violence shelters throughout the month of October, which staff delivered to the event. Donations included toiletries, household staples, and other items often requested by local shelters.
Reports indicate that 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services, every 44 minutes one or more Arizona kids witness domestic violence. To learn more about Domestic Violence Awareness Month, visit http://paintphoenixpurple.org/
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