SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - The Allstate Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to the Resource Center of Somerset to aid them in their efforts to provide safety, support and financial empowerment to domestic violence victims, according to a release from the center.

“With the backing of a strong community partner such as The Allstate Foundation, we are able to address the needs of the thousands of domestic violence victims who reach out to us for help every year,” said Veronica Finlay, development coordinator of the Resource Center of Somerset, in the release. “We know that the work done at the Resource Center of Somerset has a direct impact on the lives of the victims and their children. This was made possible thanks to the generosity of our community partners with The Allstate Foundation leading the way.”

The release said the Resource Center of Somerset will use the money to provide protection at the Safe House, long term housing in transitional apartments, run a 24/7 hotline and operate the Outreach Center where individual and group counseling occurs. In addition, the release said, the center will offer services of legal advocates, provide Domestic Violence Response Teams working with local police departments and hold financial empowerment workshops for victims.

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The services, the release, are offered free of charge.

“The Allstate Foundation is committed to strengthening communities in New Jersey and our partnership with the Resource Center of Somerset is another example of this commitment,” said Annette Geller, human resource manager at Allstate New Jersey and board member of the Resource Center of Somerset, in the release.

The Allstate Foundation has also dedicated more than $500,000 to the Purple Purse Challenge, working to raise awareness around domestic violence and give organizations the chance to win monetary prizes. The Resource Center of Somerset is participating in the challenge, which runs through Oct. 3.