Avon Foundation for Women Awards m.powerment by mark Grant to LSU to Promote Healthy Dating Relationships

04/02/2013 02:54 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU has received a $5,000 grant from the beauty and fashion boutique mark, as part of its m.powerment by mark Healthy Relationship Peer Educator Program, which is managed by the Avon Foundation for Women through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence initiative.


Mark Brand Ambassador Ashley Greene announced these new grants at a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on March 13 where she also presented new data from the “No More Study: Teens and Young Adults,” funded by m.powerment by mark, that explored attitudes toward, and experience with dating abuse, partner violence and sexual assault among teens and young adults.


The grant will help the LSU Women’s Center promote healthy dating relationships among college-age women and men. This is the first year LSU has received funding from the m.powerment program.


The grant is one of 25 m.powerment by mark Healthy Dating Relationship College Program grants totaling $125,000 awarded to colleges nationwide to fund programs focused on preventive education on dating abuse and violence, sexual assault, stalking and the promotion of healthy relationships, as well as offer local resources and provide referrals for community-based domestic violence experts. The grant also supports educator training, materials and support sessions about healthy relationships.


Women ages 16-24 experience the highest rates of partner violence and dating abuse, which affects millions of people and often results in physical and emotional injuries and even death. According to the National Dating Abuse Helpline, one in three girls who have been in a serious relationship say they have been concerned about being physically hurt by their partner. While strides have been made in the fight against this abuse, many victims will not get the support they need.


“We are proud that the Avon Foundation for Women and m.powerment by mark share our mission and have chosen to support the Geaux Safe program,” said Summer Steib, director of the LSU Women’s Center. “With these funds we will be able to promote healthy dating relationships among LSU students, raise awareness and promote information about healthy masculinity, and provide training to students, faculty and staff about bystander intervention and consent.”


The LSU Women’s Center provides support, referral and information to students, faculty and staff on issues and concerns related to women. The center also promotes the advancement of women’s issues and well-being through its services, educational programs and advocacy efforts.


In addition to the m.powerment by mark grant program, the LSU Women’s Center is also involved in several signature programs and initiatives, including the annual Take Back the Night candlelight vigil and march, Women’s History Month programming, the Women’s Transition to Work series and the Healthy Masculinity Initiative.


For information about the LSU Women’s Center, please contact Steib at summers@lsu.edu or 225-578-7563, or visit www.lsu.edu/wc.


For more information about relationship abuse, please visit www.breakthecycle.org. To receive immediate help, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or the National Dating Abuse Helpline 1-866-331-9474. To learn more about the Avon Foundation for Women, call 1-866-505-AVON or visit www.avonfoundation.org to access information about Speak Out Against Domestic Violence.


For more information on m.powerment by mark, visit www.meetmark.com/mpowerment.


About the Avon Foundation for Women and Speak Out Against Domestic Violence
The Avon Foundation for Women launched Speak Out Against Domestic Violence in 2004 to support domestic violence awareness, education and prevention programs aimed at reducing domestic and gender violence, as well as direct services for victims and their families. Through the end of 2012, the Avon Foundation for Women has donated $33 million in the United States to support domestic violence programs, services and education. Globally, Avon supports efforts to end violence against women in nearly 50 countries by raising funds through special product sales and raising awareness through events and with educational information disseminated by more than 6 million global Avon representatives. Visit www.avonfoundation.org for more information.


About mark
Mark is an expertly edited beauty and fashion boutique that is constantly launching fresh, on-trend products. Inspired by the hottest runway looks of the season, mark offers young women must-have trend items. For more information, visit www.meetmark.com.

Melissa  Foley 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2013