Rihanna is teaming up with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to donate $4.2million to help domestic violence victims in LA amid the coronavirus lockdown.
According to TMZ, the 32-year-old singer’s Clara Lionel Foundation and the Twitter CEO, 43, are sending a $4.2m grant to the Mayor’s Fund to help abuse victims.
The donation comes amid reports that more than 90 people are being turned away from domestic violence shelters in LA every week.
The site reports that the money will be able to cover housing, meals and counselling for 90 victims per week for 10 weeks.
Then money will be given to an additional 90 victims per week for 10 weeks after that.
Coronavirus isolation measures have already resulted in a spike in domestic violence attacks around the world.
So far countries including New Zealand, France, China and the United Kingdom have also seen a jump in the number of cases reported to police after lockdown.
‘Being stuck inside their home is the worst possible outcome for victims of domestic violence,’ Ms Foster, a member of the Australian domestic violence advisory group, told Daily Mail Australia.
‘That’s the thing abusers want, to be isolated at home with their victim and cut them off from any supports.
‘This is such an unprecedented time… but of everything we know the worst thing you can do is require a domestic violence victim to be isolated with their abuser.’
This latest donation is just the latest generous contribution from Dorsey.
Earlier in the week, he donated a billion dollars to coronavirus relief efforts through his philanthropic fund.
Dorsey revealed in a series of tweets that he would transfer his equity in his digital payments group Square to his limited liability corporation Start Small, contributing around 28 percent of his overall wealth.
Dorsey’s first pledge went to an initiative co-founded by actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
The move could be the largest from a single individual for coronavirus relief and comes with the pandemic spanning the globe and inflicting a heavy toll in lives and economic devastation on the United States.
Rihanna was assaulted by her ex boyfriend Chris Brown in 2009.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Rebecca Davison