Robin's Empowerment Fund

Robin’s Empowerment Fund


Please Note: 

Funding is not always available and we do our best to handle each application on a case-by-case basis. Currently, there is a waiting list but please don’t hesitate to contact us as funding regularly becomes available.


Robin’s Empowerment Fund is named in honor of Robin D. Shaffer and the many other victims who have suffered in silence. We are honored to be able to empower you to live your “authentic life,” the life you were born to live, free from abuse and harm.




In June 2005, Robin lost her life at the hands of her abusive husband, less than 24 hours after having left him. Initially Robin had not known of her husband’s previous history of abuse and had no reason to fear for her life. Tragically, Robin lost her life to a single gunshot to her neck at close range.


Robin’s family later learned that her abuser was a repeat domestic violence offender who once tried to kill his first wife. Robin’s memory will live on through the great work of the Beginning Over Foundation, a monument to her and many others who have lost their lives.  Please remember Robin and all the others as you apply and complete this application for funding through Robin’s Empowerment fund.


We all know a Robin– she’s the girl next door, the woman standing in front of you at the grocery store. She’s your sister, your mother, your daughter, your friend, your coworker or maybe even you. It is our hope that Robin’s Empowerment Fund will help prevent more tragic deaths.


In addition to perpetrating physical, psychological and emotional abuse, abusers often financially control their victims — forcing them to quit their jobs, giving minimal allowances to pay for household needs, and taking steps to ruin their credit. As a direct result, many victims lack the financial resources necessary to flee and establish a life free of violence, especially when it comes to funding needed to navigate the court system.


Robin’s Empowerment Fund was established to alleviate the legal financial constraints

and burdens that often prevent a victim who is escaping abuse

from obtaining the legal support they will need in the courts.


It provides financial assistance to victims of domestic violence and their children for legal expenses to empower victims to move beyond domestic violence into joyful living.

We have come to learn that their is no "cure" for domestic violence and the issue may never be completely eradicated, but there is hope... .


Financial assistance will be considered for the following list of items:

  • Funding for legal expenses encountered by victims of domestic violence who are fleeing the abuse.

  • In times of crisis – such as a domestic violence homicide – Robin’s Empowerment Fund

extends its emergency grants to help pay portions of funeral/burial expenses

so that families faced with this tragedy can be provided immediate relief.


All funding is offered on a case-by-case basis.

Please complete the  Application Form below for consideration.


Since 2006, The Beginning Over Foundation has provided more than $30,000 in emergency financial assistance to families throughout the Lehigh Valley, helping them to establish a new life free of violence.




Any adult survivor of domestic violence is eligible to receive funds and we encourage you to apply

if you can produce evidence to sustain your claim.

Following are the criteria. Please review the criteria before submitting an application:

  • Solid evidence/documentation of domestic violence or domestic homicide occurred

  • For legal financial assistance, a case must be active

** Please Note: The Beginning Over Foundation does not offer emergency shelter

or counselling services. If you have an emergency shelter or

counselling need, please see our Emergency Info page.**


Application Submission Guidelines

The Beginning Over Foundation will only accept Robin’s Empowerment Fund applications from survivors of domestic abuse. We encourage any survivor who has worked with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose core mission is to provide services to victims of domestic violence to supply a letter of support.

501(c) (3) organizations that submit applications on behalf of a survivor should clearly articulate any programs the survivor has completed along with any other important information.


Robin’s Empowerment Fund strives to offer legal financial assistance to any

survivor who is working toward self reliance while navigating an active case in the courts.     


The same survivor may not apply for more than one grant. Please note that it may take up to a month to be notified of our decision.  Applicants who did not receive funding one month may be eligible the next depending on the urgency of other applicants.


**Please also note that Robin’s Empowerment Fund does not always have funds

available, and you will be notified when funding is available.**

Robin's Empowerment Fund Application Form

Please click the button below to submit your secure & confidential application be considered for a grant from Robin's Empowerment Fund: