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The iPledge Impact

Learn all about iPledge's origins & impact

Women Against Abuse first launched iPledge as a public awareness initiative in 2008. It's mission is to inform city residents about the ways in which they can have a real impact in shaping domestic violence outcomes in Philadelphia. iPledge is centered around the importance of effective bystander intervention as key to overall violence prevention.

Women Against Abuse hosts an iPledge press conference launch each October in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It gathers community leaders, domestic violence advocates and the public at large on an annual basis to rally community support.

Through the years, iPledge has served as a robust advocacy and awareness tool that propels Women Against Abuse’s work of ending intimate partner violence. It has provided a platform for Women Against Abuse's advocacy and systems change work, rallying the community around the need for increased resources and interventions for people experiencing domestic violence. For example, the iPledge Campaign was instrumental in doubling the number of emergency safe haven beds for survivors of domestic violence in Philadelphia. In Fiscal Year 2013 Women Against Abuse was forced to turn away nearly 9,000 requests for shelter at its 100 bed emergency safe haven, which consistently operated at full capacity.  Through the years, Women Against Abuse has worked with city officials and community partners to address this significant safety concern.  The organization initiated media coverage, testified at budget hearings and focused attention on the issue at the iPledge press conference. As a result, City Council funded a second emergency domestic violence safe haven that will double Philadelphia’s shelter capacity for survivors and their children! The new facility opened in July 2014, allowing Women Against Abuse to provide a safe refuge to an additional 600 women and children each year. This victory was due in part to the community awareness generated through iPledge. It is an example of the powerful change that is possible through this campaign.

Today, the iPledge Campaign is helping to create a coordinated community response to domestic violence in Philadelphia. Women Against Abuse is working with Philadelphia stakeholders to create a coordinated community response to domestic violence that will prevent abuse and promote victim safety citywide. According to the Blueprint for Safety, “When work is coordinated across agencies and within agencies, the overall capacity to protect is increased.” The coordinated community response will lead to more effective identification, intervention and prevention of domestic violence. It will ensure that, regardless of where a victim enters the City’s systems (emergency room, courts, etc.), she/he would be linked to the appropriate resources and receive an immediate supportive response. Women Against Abuse and commissioners from the Department of Health and Opportunity recently completed a citywide strategic planning process to create this coordinated community response to domestic violence. Implementation of the plan will require strategic communications to city employees and the community at large, and the iPledge Campaign can be used to roll-out these vital messages to ensure buy-in.

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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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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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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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LATICIA’S STORY

LATICIA'S STORY

“We were just a couple trying to make a relationship work,” reflected Laticia.

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Sara’s Story

Sara’s Story

Sara* was a victim of domestic violence who transformed into a strong and capable mother with support from Women Against Abuse.

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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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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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Dick MacKay’s Story

Dick MacKay’s Story

Dick MacKay knows the real reason for the holiday season—to bring hope to families in need.

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Lucia’s Story

Lucia’s Story

Lucia* came to the WAA emergency shelter pregnant and with five children.

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Lonnie & Jordan’s Story

Lonnie & Jordan’s Story

The life-saving work that Women Against Abuse achieves each day would not be possible without the support of advocates in the community.

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