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Kingman Aid to Abused People gets $5,000 grant

KINGMAN - Kingman Aid to Abused People was recently awarded $5,000 from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona as part of a statewide outreach campaign - "Arizonans First. Always" - put on by the insurance company. The campaign is tied into Domestic Violence Awareness Month for the month of October.

Kingman currently ranks in the top 10 of Arizona cities for crisis call volume, with the majority of them going through KAAP. In 2013, there were 1,265 reported cases of domestic violence in the Kingman area.

Kingman Aid to Abused People is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that provides shelter, outreach support, crisis counseling, legal and personal advocacy to the community. They rely on grants and donations to keep their shelter operating and their 11-person staff funded, and have been in operation since 1985.

"It is imperative that KAAP sustain funding from a solid community-based organization, such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, to meet the motional and physical safety needs of vicitmes of domestic violence," said Suzanne Clarke, executive director of KAAP.

"We deeply value the opportunity to partner with Blue Cross Blue Shield in an effort to break the cycle of violence."

The money will go directly to operating expenses, which includes a 16-bed shelter and services provided there, such as food, hygiene products, and counseling.

For more information on KAAP, call(928)753-6222.