Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino announced Friday that his office will donate $250,000 to Rainbow Services in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

Rainbow Services helps victims of domestic abuse with emergency assistance, shelter, housing, supportive services and advocacy.

It is one of 10 L.A.-based nonprofit agencies chosen to participate in Los Angeles’ Survivors First program, which was announced by City Council President Nury Martinez on Wednesday as the first permanent housing program in the city dedicated to survivors of domestic abuse and human trafficking.

“This grant will support the amazing work that Rainbow Services continues to do in our communities,” said Buscaino.

“The work and advocacy done by Rainbow Services is well known across the city, county, and the state of California, and I cannot think of a more deserving organization to receive this grant.”

The donation came from the district office’s Community Reinvestment Funds directed to support communities of color, Buscaino’s office said.

Reports of domestic violence increased in Los Angeles as people sheltered at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Los Angeles Police Department receiving a 12.7% increase in domestic violence-related calls compared to before March 2020.

According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, one in three women and one in four men experience rape, physical violence or stalking from an intimate partner.

“We are grateful for the City of L.A. and the Councilman’s support in expanding safe housing options for survivors,” said Elizabeth Eastlund, executive director of Rainbow Services.

“With these funds, Los Angeles joins a growing number of other communities across the county that are embracing a commitment to survivor-driven, trauma-informed housing services and the flexible financial assistance that supports survivors’ pathways to safe housing.”

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