Women's shelter benefits from day of giving

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) More than $57,000 will be donated to Abused Women's Aid in Crisis (AWAIC) this year after a New Year's day campaign by Kaladi Brother's Coffee. Like it has for 26 years, the company donated all of its sales to a charity. But in 2017 Kaladi teamed up with South Restaurant and Coffeehouse, Snow City Cafe, and matching support from Rasmuson Foundation, First National Bank Alaska, and TOTE Maritime.

"That's a lot of coffee and a lot of critical funds for AWAIC as well," Dale Tran the CFO of Kaladi's said.

Nearly 100 baristas worked only for tips on New Year's Day.

AWAIC provides shelter to women and children who find themselves in dangerous situations.

A 2015 Alaska Victimization Survey, from the University of Alaska Anchorage, shows decline in intimate partner and sexual violence in Alaska since 2010, but the state is still facing high levels of domestic violence.

According to the study out of every 100 adult women who live in Alaska, 40 experienced intimate partner violence.

"We're still in the 40 percent range that is still unacceptable," Suzi Pearson the Executive Director for AWAIC said, "for our community domestic violence is something that tears families apart."

The 2015 survey also indicated that:

21,401 adult women in Alaska experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence, or both in the past year.

Half of adult women in Alaska (more than 130,000) have experienced violence in their lifetime.

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