Philanthropy Now podcast: Domestic violence: an unseen crisis magnified by COVID-19

As we continue to confront the devastating pandemic within our communities and globally, we view domestic violence as a parallel pandemic. Also known as intimate partner violence, domestic abuse is often hidden and overlooked, despite being experienced by one in four women, as well as one in four men.

This episode brings together three executive directors from leading domestic violence support organizations Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, Orchid Pusey, and Donna Garske in conversation with SVCF vice president of Community Action Manuel Santamaria. The four leaders shed light on how domestic abuse has skyrocketed during the pandemic, and discuss solutions and support for this costly, devastating, and often overlooked issue within the homes in our communities.

In SVCF's Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and we look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.


Manuel Santamaria, Vice President of Community Action at SVCF,
Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, Executive Director at Next Door Solutions
Orchid Pusey, Executive Director at Asian Women's Shelter,
Donna Garske, Executive Director at Center of Domestic Peace

What you will learn:

  • Clarity around the different forms of domestic abuse
  • Signs of abuse to be aware of and how you should (or should not) help
  • The lesser known challenges victims of domestic violence face
  • Staggering effects of domestic abuse on individuals and the community as a whole
  • The complexity of domestic abuse and what resources are needed

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