The Michael Bolton Charities has responded to women and children at risk, supporting organizations and programs working diligently to break the cycle of domestic violence, poverty, trauma and abuse, since its founding over 25 years ago. Our unrelenting and unwavering efforts continue, with your generous support.
Unseen Impact of COVID-19
As millions of people stay home to contain the spread of COVID-19, advocates for domestic violence survivors have seen the number of people in need increase. Experts point out that guidelines such as social distancing and stay-at-home orders, as well as stress from the pandemic, put a survivor at greater risk from their abuser.
Every year, more than 12 million Americans experience intimate partner and sexual violence. The National Domestic Violence Hotline has received reports of abusers using the coronavirus as an opportunity to harm domestic partners. Some survivors are not going to shelters or the hospital when needed out of fear of getting the virus. Others are leaving shelters altogether for the same reason.
To help, organizations across the country are offering remote services such as counseling and recommend that survivors create a safety plan, practice self-care, and reach out for help.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline by calling 1-800-799-7233. If you're unable to speak safely, you can log on to thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522.
Message From Michael
There are so many of us who are truly fortunate in so many ways. And there are many of us who believe that giving something back and helping people less fortunate than ourselves is simply the right thing to do. I was a New Haven city kid. It took me 20 years to catch my break. The Michael Bolton Charities serves as an instrument of compassion to give those less fortunate a chance for a better life.
We have supported organizations whose programs provide women and children at risk a path to a safe future, and developed initiatives to work directly with young people afflicted by trauma to help them to develop confidence in their own potential. For more than two decades, dedicated donors, volunteers and professionals have changed lives and saved lives. The needs across our communities remain, and we remain committed – with your help – to go the distance.
Beyond Trauma: Youth Music Therapy
Beyond Trauma: Youth Music Therapy is our ground-breaking program, providing a lifeline to high risk youth in New Haven, CT and New London, CT who have experienced domestic violence and/or significant trauma. The Andie Koplik Residency is at the heart of the program, which is exceeding expectations as young people realize they can transform their emotional state.
Often for the first time in their lives, they are believing in themselves and their future.
Now, our goal is to replicate this effective, highly regarded program so that we can reach more young people in communities throughout the country. Already, the impact is encouraging beyond expectations. Learn more.