Rihanna donates $2.1m for domestic violence victims in lockdown

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Singer Rihanna‘s Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) has teamed up with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to donate $2.1 million each to benefit domestic violence victims in Los Angeles affected by the Covid-19 “stay at home” order.

On Thursday, the ‘Needed Me’ artist’s Clara Lionel Foundation announced that the duo is co-funding a $4.2-million (Dh15.4 million) grant to the Mayor’s Fund for LA “to address a surge in domestic violence” in the city amid the coronavirus crisis.

Citing an increase in domestic violence incidents since last month’s implementation of LA’s Safer at Home order, the foundation will aid the Mayor’s Fund in providing 10 weeks of support for victims in the form of shelter, meals and counselling for individuals and their children.

As widespread closures stay in effect in LA, options for reporting and receiving treatment for domestic violence have become more limited, and many shelters have reached capacity.

Prior to that, the CLF donated $5 million to assist local food banks in serving at-risk communities in the US, accelerate testing and treatment worldwide and provide equipment for health care workers, among other causes.

Dorsey, who also helms mobile payment company Square, announced on Twitter earlier this week that he is “moving $1 [billion] of my Square equity (~28% of my wealth)” to fund global COVID-19 relief.