NEWS RELEASE: Pace Receives Grant to Fund Preventive Education on Dating Violence

NEWS RELEASE: Pace Receives Grant to Fund Preventive Education on Dating Violence

Pace University Receives Grant from m.powerment by mark. to Promote Healthy Dating Relationships

Grant to fund preventive education on dating violence through the Pace Counseling Center

Pace University in New York has received a $5,000 grant from the beauty and fashion boutique mark. as part of its m.powerment by mark. Healthy Dating Relationship College  Program managed by the Avon Foundation for Women through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence initiative. The grant will fund the Healthy Relationship College Program at Pace University to promote healthy dating relationships among college-age women and men.

Women ages 16-24 experience the highest rates of partner violence and dating abuse, which affects millions of people and often results in physical and emotional injuries and even death. Every 2 ½ minutes a person is raped in the U.S. The week of April 15 is Pace’s annual Sexual Assault Awareness Week in conjunction with the nationwide Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The week will feature educational programming, self-defense workshops and Take Back the Night, an annual national awareness event. The grant will help fund the dissemination of educational materials for sexual assault awareness.

“We are proud that the Avon Foundation for Women and m.powerment by mark. share our mission and have chosen to support our program. With these funds we will be able to provide bystander intervention training to all incoming students and key, frontline professional staff and disseminate culturally sensitive educational materials across campus,” said Richard Shadick, Ph.D., Director, Counseling Center, Pace University.

The grant is one of 25 m.powerment by mark. grants totaling $125,000 awarded to colleges nationwide to fund programs focused on preventive education on dating abuse and violence, sexual assault, stalking and the promotion of healthy relationships, as well as offer local resources and provide referrals for community-based domestic violence experts. The grant also supports educator training, materials and support sessions about healthy relationships.
About Pace University

Since 1906, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

Avon Foundation for Women and Speak Out Against Domestic Violence

The Avon Foundation for Women launched Speak Out Against Domestic Violence in 2004 to support domestic violence awareness, education and prevention programs aimed at reducing domestic and gender violence, as well as direct services for victims and their families. Through the end of 2012, the Avon Foundation for Women has donated $33 million in the United States to support domestic violence programs, services and education. Globally, Avon supports efforts to end violence against women in nearly 50 countries by raising funds through special product sales and raising awareness through events and with educational information disseminated by more than 6 million global Avon Representatives.

mark. is an “expertly edited beauty and fashion boutique that is constantly launching fresh, on-trend products. Inspired by the hottest runway looks of the season, mark. offers young women must-have trend items. If you live for the rush of a great find, meet mark.” For more information, visit
For More Information
For more information on the Healthy Relationship Program at Pace University, contact Richard Shadick, Ph.D., Counseling Center, NYC, Pace University, 212-346-1526 or

For more information about relationship abuse, please visit To receive immediate help, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE (7233) or the National Dating Abuse Helpline 1-866-331-9474.

To learn more about the Avon Foundation for Women, call 1-866-505-AVON or visit, for information about Speak Out Against Domestic Violence.

For more information on m.powerment by mark., visit

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