Atlanta, March 16, 2011 – Mary Kay Inc. and members of the Mary Kay independent sales force, in partnership with the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence are descending upon the Georgia State Capitol to raise awareness with lawmakers about the importance of crucial funding for domestic violence prevention and intervention services statewide. Participants will educate Georgia lawmakers about crucial counseling, shelter, support groups, education and prevention programs and the necessity of state support for these life-saving services.
The Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that the needs of domestic violence victims in the state have grown in severity, requiring an increased length of stay in domestic violence shelters. The coalition also reports an 18 percent increase from last year in the number of women receiving non-residential services from shelters in the community.
- 88 percent of domestic violence shelters expect their overall situation to worsen or remain the same in 2011.
- Three out of four domestic violence shelters (77 percent) report an increase in women seeking assistance from abuse.
- 51 percent of shelters nationwide note the abuse is more violent now than before the economic downturn.
Mary Kay is one of the world’s largest direct selling companies with more than $2.5 billion in annual wholesale sales worldwide. Mary Kay was founded in 1963 by Mary Kay Ash with the goal of helping women achieve personal growth and financial success. Mary Kay remains committed to enriching women’s lives, and today more than 2 million people of all backgrounds are enjoying the advantages of being Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants. Mary Kay’s high-quality skin care and color cosmetic products are sold in more than 35 countries around the world. To learn more about Mary Kay, visit www.marykay.com.