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US: David Lynch Foundation Women's Initiative launches partnership with NYC Family Justice Center

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2 August 2013

The David Lynch Foundation Women's Initiative is now partnering with the New York City Family Justice Center to teach the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique to women who are survivors of domestic abuse—to help them overcome traumatic stress, break the terrible cycle of violence, and take control of their lives.

In just the past few months, 50 staff members and clients have learned to meditate. Participants report immediate and marked benefits for both mental and physical health.

''With TM, I can finally deal with all the anxiety and stress from the difficult experiences I went through in my life. Now I know I'll be a better mother, and that's the most important thing of all,'' said Maria, a domestic abuse survivor receiving care and support from the Brooklyn Family Justice Center.

Amarais Pena-Chavez, Deputy Director of the Brooklyn Center, added, ''I started feeling the reduction in stress levels right away. From my own positive experiences I knew I had to do my part to bring TM not only to our clients but to our partner staff.''

Based on these encouraging initial results, the Avon Foundation for Women has provided a generous grant to support the further expansion of the Women's Initiative and NYC Family Justice Center's partnership. Through this grant, the two organizations will be able to bring the technique to an additional 70 women, children, and staff.

''We are so encouraged by the relief that these women are gaining over such a short time. I can't express how grateful I am to the Avon Foundation for Women for allowing us to bring this technique to more women in need,'' said Britten Chroman, national director of the DLF Women's Initiative.

About the NYC Family Justice Center
The NYC Family Justice Centers are a public-private partnership of the NYC Mayor's Office of Domestic Violence. These innovative Centers help guide domestic violence victims and their children to a life free of violence by co-locating essential social, self-sufficiency, criminal justice, and civil legal services under one roof. Through their three locations in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, the Family Justice Centers aid 1,300 women and children each month.

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''The demand for our program among women far exceeds our ability to deliver. We are raising funds to hire new Transcendental Meditation teachers to bring the technique to women and children around the world.''
— Britten Chroman, National Director,
DLF Women's Initiative

For more information contact:
Tel: 866-962-0108 [toll-free in USA and Canada]

+1 641-209-6404

About the Avon Foundation for Women
In its 50-year history, the Avon Foundation for Women has positively affected the lives of millions of women around the world and is a leader in the fight against domestic violence. As the largest corporate-affiliated philanthropy organization dedicated to women's causes, the Avon Foundation for Women has given $50 million in support of awareness, education, prevention programs, and direct service aimed at reducing domestic and gender violence.

Copyright © 2013 David Lynch Foundation

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