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Published on March 18, 2019

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Carilee Fund: overcoming domestic violence and sexual assault

Survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault often face financial obstacles that make it difficult to make positive changes.

To remove obstacles to safety, Gundersen Medical Foundation's Carilee Fund provides confidential financial assistance for:

  • Housing assistance
  • Legal fees
  • Utilities
  • Transportation expenses
  • Physical safety
  • Documentation

According to Angel Lee, Gundersen Crime Victims Services, "In 2018 the Carilee Fund provided 147 survivors of domestic and sexual violence with $37,147.22 in assistance to overcome financial barriers and establish safety."

She adds, "We are able to offer a lifeline to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault thanks to donations to the Carilee Fund. The fund offers aid to people who might not otherwise have a support system they can turn to. For example, the Carilee Fund recently helped a survivor who needed assistance with the security deposit to escape a violent situation. Carilee Fund helped secure new and safe housing."

The Carilee Fund is available to all victims of domestic and sexual abuse in the Coulee Region no matter their age, gender, sexual orientation or where they receive their care. Every person requesting financial assistance must be working with a domestic violence program. All help is provided confidentially.
To learn more about the Carilee Fund, visit or contact the Gundersen Domestic Abuse/Sexual Assault Program at (608) 775-3453 or (800) 362-9567, ext. 53454.

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