SACRAMENTO – Mar. 2, 2016 – Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants and domestic violence prevention advocates gathered at the California State Capitol for ‘Policy Advocacy Day 2016’ sponsored by the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence. The group met with lawmakers to discuss the critical importance of legislation that supports domestic violence survivors and victims. The effort is a part of Mary Kay Inc.’s ‘Lobbying for Good’ initiative.

Independent Beauty Consultants and other attendees spoke with legislators about the essential steps that need to be taken to protect victims. Agenda items included a financial commitment by the state to fund domestic violence services and prevention efforts, as well as domestic violence survivors’ economic security needs. Advocates reminded lawmakers that economic concerns are the most common reason for survivors to return to abusive relationships.

“Approximately 40 percent of California women experience physical intimate partner violence in their lifetimes, so California’s Policy Advocacy Day is a critical time for lawmakers to focus on the importance of supporting domestic violence survivors in the state of California,” said Crayton Webb, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility for Mary Kay Inc. “Mary Kay is extremely proud to stand alongside these advocates in our efforts to end domestic abuse. We must say “no more” to violence against women in our communities once and for all.”

To date, Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay Foundation have given $50 million to domestic violence prevention and awareness programs in an effort to end the cycle of abuse.

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