In 1985, LAWS opened its doors, providing a safe haven to survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Today, in addition to operating a 24/7 emergency shelter for adults and children, it offers comprehensive support services to help clients live free from fear, anxiety, and danger. A 24-hour hotline, referrals, safety planning, counseling, support groups, legal services all are provided with complete confidentiality, and at no cost to clients. In cases of child abuse and neglect, the LAWS Child Advocacy Center provides forensic interviews and family advocacy in a welcoming, child-friendly environment. In addition to serving some 1,000 clients directly each year, LAWS also conducts extensive outreach and prevention programs, striving to end domestic violence and sexual assault in our community. Its all made possible through the work of 35 professional staff, committed volunteers and supporters like you.

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Catalogue charities range in size from $100,000 to $3 million. This graphic indicates the budget range of the organization featured here. If you see an organizational budget above the $3 million mark, that is because the featured charity has grown in size since it first appeared in the Catalogue. We proudly present on our website the work of these "growth" charities.

About the Catalogue for Philanthropy

Each year 120 expert reviewers evaluate applicants for distinction, merit, and impact. Each featured charity has been successfully site visited and its financials given the thumbs up. The Catalogue for Philanthropy charges no fees and raises funds separately to support its work. Since 2003, it has raised over $40 million for charities across the Greater Washington region.

The Catalogue for Philanthropy looks to friends like you to keep our services independent and entirely free of charge. Consider a small contribution to the Catalogue to cap off your gift and help the causes you care about get the full support they deserve!

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