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Insurance Agents Take to the Hill to Combat Domestic Violence
Allstate agents speak with Congress about support for Violence Against Women Act
VAWA, currently before Congress, supports comprehensive and cost-saving responses to the crime of domestic violence. Studies show that VAWA has saved over $14.8 billion in averted social costs and helped decrease the number of women killed because of intimate partner violence by 34%.
"154 women are abused every hour, which is a sobering and eye-opening statistic," stated Vicky Dinges, vice president of public social responsibility at Allstate. "Allstate is committed to helping prevent violence against women and girls and the Violence Against Women Act is key to achieving that goal. We know that the services provided by this life-saving legislation reduce violence and save money."
The Allstate agents who participated in the event are members of the Allstate Against Abuse Team. This Team is composed of agency owners, personal financial representatives and employees who have a passion for ending domestic violence and volunteer their services to teach financial literacy classes at local social service agencies.
"Access to financial resources is the number one predictor of whether a domestic violence survivor will leave an abusive relationship,"
For more information about Allstate's work to empower domestic violence survivors visit http://www.allstate.com/
For more information about the Violence Against Women Act visit www.nnedv.org.
The Allstate Corporation is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer. Widely known through the "You're In Good Hands With Allstate®" slogan, Allstate is reinventing protection and retirement to help nearly 16 million households insure what they have today and better prepare for tomorrow. Consumers access Allstate insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives in the U.S. and Canada, as well as via www.allstate.com and 1-800 Allstate®. As part of Allstate's commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and the corporation provided $28 million in 2011 to thousands of nonprofit organizations and important causes across the United States.
1Uniform Crime Report (UCR) Supplementary Homicide Reports (SHR), Federal Bureau of Investigation. (Decrease is based on data collected between 1993 and 2007).