Enjoy a Round of Golf While Providing Assistance to Domestic Violence Victims in Fairfax County

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Alexandria, VA – In 2015, Fairfax County, Virginia police received an average of more than eight domestic violence calls for service each day. In many cases, the victim ultimately refuses to press charges or leave their abuser because they have nowhere to turn.

Because no one should have to choose between homelessness and abuse, Christian Relief Services, based in Fairfax County founded its Safe Places program to provide long-term transitional housing and support services for women and children fleeing domestic violence.

On Friday, May 20, golfers will have the opportunity to enjoy a round on one of the most prestigious private courses in the mid-Atlantic region – The Golf Club at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Virginia. The Golf Club at Lansdowne was created by world-renowned designers Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Greg Norman incorporating fields, woodlands, natural stone outcroppings and century-old rock walls.

Entrance fees for the 1st Annual Safe Places Golf Classic are $1,000 for a foursome, and $250 for an individual which include green fees, cart, range balls, contests, lunch and dinner. Sponsorship opportunities are available. All entries and payments must be received by Friday, May 13. To register, or for more information, please visit www.safe-places.org or contact Amanda Moyer at 703-317-9086, ext. 103 or email her at amandam@christianrelief.org.

In 2015, the Safe Places program served 102 individuals including 28 women and 74 children and provided a total of 23,213 bed nights and participants in the Golf Classic will be helping to raise funds to increase those numbers in 2016.

Women such as Antonia and her four children have a home today because of Safe Places after fleeing to a domestic violence shelter that only allowed them to stay for about a month. Without the Safe Places program, the family could have ended up living together in their car with no money for rent and nowhere else to go for help.

But now, she and her children have a home for up to two years, for which she pays 30 percent of her gross income, as well as case management support so that when the two years is up, she will be able to secure permanent, stable housing for herself and her children on her own.