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.