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A generous donation helps fight domestic violence


A recent charitable donation of more than $1 million to Domestic Violence Solutions of Santa Barbara County will help the nonprofit organization protect women and children from violence and abuse.

Santa Barbara resident Susan Trescher left Domestic Violence Solutions the bequest upon her death last year. It’s the largest donation from an individual in the organization’s 37-year history.

Trescher now takes her place among a number of women, and their husbands, whose gifts through the Domestic Violence Solutions Legacy Club help provide a safe and confidential shelter for battered women and their children, as well as emotional support and personal advocacy.

“We are honored to receive this gift, which continues … Domestic Violence Solutions’ mission to end the intergenerational cycle of violence toward women and children by providing prevention and intervention services and by challenging society’s attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors to effect social change,” Claudette Roehrig, board president for Domestic Violence Solutions, said in a press release. 

The million-dollar gift will go into Domestic Violence Solutions’ endowment fund at the Santa Barbara Foundation, which professionally manages the investment.

Trescher had an illustrious legal career. She attended Harvard Law School as a member of the third class to admit women. After graduation, she worked for Columbia Pictures in the field of copyright and trademark law. She later worked as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles and as a legal consultant and researcher in Berkeley.

Trescher moved to Santa Barbara in the 1960s to work as an attorney for Santa Barbara County Counsel, and she eventually became a legal advisor for the Planning Commission. Santa Barbara Women Lawyers named her its Attorney of the Year in 1998.

Managing Editor Amy Asman compiled this week’s Community Corner. Information should be sent to the Sun via mail, email, or fax.

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