Thursday, September 13, 2007

Allstate Awards $100,000 Grant To Prevent Domestic Violence in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — The Allstate Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to the Texas Advocacy Project. The grant will enable the Texas Advocacy Project to expand its reach into areas of the state that are in greatest need of legal representation. The grant is the largest the Project has received this year.

The Texas Advocacy Project serves as a last resort for women trying to escape the dangerous daily dilemma of domestic violence -- helping more than 8,000 people across the state. The Project has closed more than 6,000 legal cases; often taking on precedent-setting issues that are setting the tone in survivors' legal battles for years to come.

"Allstate is a natural partner for Texas Advocacy Project," said Andrea Sloan, the Project's executive director. "We are both in the business of providing safety, peace of mind and security. Allstate's investment in the Project will help us do just that, over the long term, for thousands of Texans in need."

The Project's roots originated with its desire to provide a legal hotline for victims in need and it began with only three volunteer lawyers. Today, that hotline serves more than 10,000 Texans each year and the Project provides a full range of legal services to help survivors.

Texas Advocacy Project is a statewide non-profit organization providing legal solutions to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The Allstate Corporation is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer. Allstate helps individuals in approximately 17 million households protect what they have today and better prepare for tomorrow through approximately 14,800 exclusive agencies and financial representatives in the U.S. and Canada.

This grant fits nicely into The Allstate Corporation's focus ares of save and vital communities and economic empowerment, with a strong emphasis placed on its cornerstone program of Domestic Violence Recovery.

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