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Statistics indicate that one in every three women in the U.S. experience some form of abuse. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. And in light of the occasion, the Mary Kay Foundation has donated $20,000 to Pam's House, an emergency center run by the Abused Adult Resource Center in Bismarck.

According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, one in every three women is a victim of domestic abuse, and the number grows annually. Programs like the Mary Kay Foundation help fund victim relief centers throughout the U.S.

"We have a conviction that we can stop and we can lessen domestic violence in this community. And it's kind of a message to say that we're not going to tolerate domestic violence and sexual assault in our community," says bused Adult Resource Center executive director Diane Zainhofsky.

The Foundation gave the Abused Adult Resource Center $20,000 for Pam's House. Last year, Pam's House provided safety for more than 150 abused women and children.

"I think that's really wonderful because I know there's a lot of people out there that they had to turn away because they didn't have the resources to help. And I think this is a wise program, a wise organization to invest money," says one AARC advocate.

The Foundation has granted more than $34 million to domestic violence organizations across the nation.

"It was really emotional when we go the check. It's just nice to know that people support us in what we're doing and that means a range of different things and one of those things is financially," says AARC special events coordinator Katie Oliver.

This year the foundation has helped more than 150 shelters, at least one shelter in every state.

The Abused Adult Resource Center has volunteers who are directors and consultants of the Mary Kay Foundation.

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