Take a stand during Domestic Violence Awareness Month through our iPledge Campaign! iPledge is Women Against Abuse's public awareness campaign that calls on everyday Philadelphians to speak out when they see or hear domestic violence in the community. The pledge is more than 3,800 signatures strong - and counting!
On October 4, 2017, hundreds of lawmakers, survivors and community members gathered to launch our special 10TH ANNIVERSARY edition of iPledge! We were thrilled to honor Mayor Jim Kenney, Brian Abernathy, First Deputy Managing Director, and Eva Gladstein, Deputy Managing Director for Health and Human Services, for their leadership in implementing SHARED SAFETY: Philadelphia's revolutionary new approach to relational violence!
It's not too late to get involved!
1. Be a part of the movement by signing our pledge against violence.
2. Then, take a selfie, holding our #iPledgeBecause speech bubble template & share the image on your social media channels.
3. Download the iPledge Toolkit for everything you need to take action against domestic violence!
Bill Henley, Meterologist for NBC10's First Alert Weather team, returned as our Master of Ceremonies! Chanda, a survivor of domestic violence and former Women Against Abuse client, left the audience deeply moved by her story, which powerfully illlustrated the far-reaching effects of intimate partner violence.
Douglas Smith, Vice President State Government Affairs for Verizon Pennsylvania, shared Verizon's commitment to survivors of domestic violence. Since 2001, the Verizon HopeLine program has collected more than 12.7 million phones to help domestic violence victims. Additionally, $8 million dollars in cash grants have been provided to domestic violence organizations in 2016.
Joan Erney, CEO of Community Behavioral Health, described the impact that Shared Safety can have on our community.
The event concluded with a powerful group recitation of the pledge against violence.
If you weren't able to join us for the 2017 iPledge Campaign, you can view the event through our Facebook Livestream.
iPledge first started in 2008 and has been gaining momentum ever since. Learn about the impact iPledge is making!
Special thanks to iPledge sponsors Verizon and NBC10!