For more than 20 years, TJX has supported organizations that help provide a safe haven for those fleeing domestic violence and give those affected the tools they need to begin to rebuild their lives.
On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States, totaling more than 10 million people every year.1 We are a proud supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, a free helpline that supports victims and family members throughout the country. We also partner with the Hotline to create a domestic violence awareness campaign to support our Associates and customers in stores and offices. For over 10 years, we have also supported Women in Need, a New York City-based organization that helps homeless women and children, many of whom are escaping domestic violence situations, using an approach that does not simply provide a hand out, but helps provide a way out. Women in Need's process starts with safe housing and includes vital programs so that women who are caught in the cycle of poverty can look forward to a brighter future. Women in Need focuses on education - developing and improving skills in computers, résumé writing and interviewing - so participants can elevate their career potential.
Through a combination of a direct donation and in-store fundraising with the help of Associates and customers, our Winners and HomeSense chains have been able to give support to the Canadian Women's Foundation for over 10 years. Ranked one of the 10 largest women's foundations in the world, the Canadian Women's Foundation empowers women and girls in Canada to move out of violent situations, out of poverty and into confidence and leadership. Since 1991, the Foundation has raised money and invested in over 1,400 community programs across Canada.
Twice a year, Winners and HomeSense sell a unique product line to raise funds for the Canadian Women's Foundation. The line, titled "Shop for GEN1," comes out in the spring and fall. Proceeds benefit over 450 emergency shelters and violence prevention programs funded by the Foundation. About 250,000 people have been impacted by the Foundation's funded community programs. Read more about our efforts to help break the cycle of violence.
1 The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control's National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/nisvs_report2010-a.pdf