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Serving all Survivors

Since our grassroots beginning more than 40 years ago, Women Against Abuse's emergency shelter services have been a refuge to survivors who identify as women and their children.

We are excited to announce that as of early 2019, we have opened our doors to welcome all survivors!

This change is propelled by:

  • a commitment to being inclusive to survivors who identify as men, trans, or are gender nonconforming;
  • the desire to offer safe housing to survivors who are men in Philadelphia, since no such option has ever existed; and
  • federal regulations requiring equal access for all survivors.

We understand that this change is significant, and we are implementing it with care and intention. We are also ensuring it is guided and informed by survivors' voices.

How Will This Work?

  • ​Admission to our emergency safe havens will continue to occur through the Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline, and triaging the limited number of beds will continue to be determined based on the caller's risk of danger through a comprehensive assessment.
  • Our transitional housing program and legal center will continue to serve survivors of all gender identities.
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Renee’s Story

Renee’s Story

Renee Norris Jones experienced 7 years of domestic violence at a time when few resources existed to help victims escape abuse.

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Beth Huffman’s Story

Beth Huffman’s Story

When a survivor's child was in trouble, Beth Huffman helped organize a press conference to get the story out on behalf of Women Against Abuse's Legal Center.

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Alyssa’s Story

Alyssa’s Story

Alyssa* had been living with her parents and was restricted to a wheelchair due to under-developed limbs.

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Allison’s Story

Allison’s Story

Allison* cringed at her reflection in the mirror as she gently dabbed concealer over the bruises circling her eye.

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Verizon’s Story

Verizon’s Story

A valued corporate partner, Verizon has been committed to empowering survivors of domestic violence in Philadelphia through HopeLine by Verizon.

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Mike’s Story

Mike's Story

Mike, a former police detective with the Philadelphia Police Department, has been working as the police liaison for Women Against Abuse, so that he can help survivors in ways he couldn’t as a detective.

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Sheila’s Story

Sheila’s Story

Sheila arrived at the Women Against Abuse Emergency Shelter after waking up in a hospital emergency room.

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Sarah’s Story

Sarah’s Story

Sarah joined Women Against Abuse in September 2010 through a partnership program with the German peace and volunteer organization ARSP.

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Amy’s Story

Amy’s Story

“This is not OK; this is not who I will be; I will love my children; violence will not be allowed in my home.”

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Doreen Davis’ Story

Doreen Davis’ Story

Doreen Davis is a longtime supporter of Women Against Abuse who has used her expertise in traditional labor law to assist WAA for over two decades.

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If you or someone you know needs help, call our toll-free 24-hour Hotline:

1.866.723.3014

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