College receives grant to help fund healthy relationships programming

Penn State Altoona has received a $5,000 grant to help fund programs promoting healthy dating relationships among college-age women and men. The grant comes from m.powerment by mark. The Healthy Relationship Peer Educator Program is managed by the Avon Foundation for Women through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence initiative. This is the first year Penn State Altoona has received funding from the m.powerment program.

The grant is one of 25 m.powerment by mark. Healthy Dating Relationship College Program 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. The grant also supports educator training, materials and support sessions about healthy relationships.

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. According to the National Dating Abuse Helpline, one in three girls who have been in a serious relationship say they have been concerned about being physically hurt by their partner. While strides have been made in the fight against this abuse, many victims will not get the support they need.

“We are proud that the Avon Foundation for Women and m.powerment by mark. share our mission and have chosen to support our program. In addition to helping to fund our usual programs like Take Back The Night, these funds will enable us to bring bystander intervention training to campus. Training of this sort will provide the missing link in our fight against interpersonal violence, thus closing the circle among education, prevention and intervention,” said Kim S. Ménard, assistant professor of criminal justice and women studies at Penn State Altoona.

To learn more about the Avon Foundation for Women, visit and access information about Speak Out Against Domestic Violence.  For more information on m.powerment by mark., visit

Last Updated September 23, 2013