$8.3 billion - annual cost of U.S. domestic violence; lost productivity, medical care and mental health services.
1 in 3 U.S. women live at or below the poverty line.
A woman in domestic violence will be assaulted up to 20 - 30 times before reporting abuse.
The Beginning of DLM
In 2007 while working to impact the role fathers play in the lives of their children, women throughout the country began questioning "why" the majority of fatherhood campaigns were focused on boys and not girls.
With much work still to do with boys, many years passed without addressing the "real" needs of fathers with daughters. And, even less was done to address the fatherhood questions by women themselves.
By 2014, a group of women across the nation had established weekly focus groups, via conference calls, for an entire year to discuss and document the joy and pain of growing up with and without fathers; talks of abandonment, abuse, relationship and financial struggles, low self-esteem, manipulation, drug and alcohol addiction, prostitution, homelessness and much more.
As a result, three (3) distinct principles were established, that would later become the foundation by which fathers can ensure Daughters Lives Matter!
In addition to advocating the importance of building "healthy" father/daughter relationships, Daughters Lives Matter works continuously for fathers to "Pimp Proof" their daughter(s) against physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse. So, that she may thrive (safely) over her lifespan.
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Fathers, are you equipped to "Pimp Proof" your daughters against physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse?
The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) strives to be a comprehensive resource, training and research center dealing with all aspects of violence, abuse and trauma. Through a focus on collaborations with various partnering organizations, IVAT desires to bridge gaps and help improve current systems of care on a local, national, and global levels.
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Victimization Prevention for Life!
BUILDING HEALTHY FATHER/DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIPS
Daughters Lives Matter