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Women Against Abuse, Verizon & Health Partners Plans to Launch 7th Annual iPledge Campaign

Women Against Abuse, Inc., Philadelphia’s leading domestic violence awareness and prevention agency, Verizon and Health Partners Plans (HPP) will launch Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Philadelphia on October 3 at noon at LOVE Park with the 7th Annual iPledge Press Conference.

Verizon Wireless Donation to Help Victims of Domestic Abuse, Marks Grand Opening of New SMART Store

Many more victims of domestic abuse in our area will find much-needed assistance thanks to a $20,000 donation presented to Women Against Abuse as part of a ceremony to mark the opening of Verizon Wireless’ newest store in Downingtown, PA.

Help us open our new 100-bed emergency safe haven!

The new Women Against Abuse safe haven is opening this June!

View Women Against Abuse’s new short film!

Watch why Philadelphians from across the city have joined Women Against Abuse's in pledging to stand up to domestic violence.

Dish It Up 2014 Was a Smashing Success!

Dish It Up 2014 Was a Smashing Success!
Thank you to everyone who helped make Dish It Up 2014 a success! Dish It Up 2014 was a smashing success, selling out of tickets with nearly 400 guests and exceeding its fundraising goal by raising more than $72,000 to support survivors of domestic violence!

Enjoy Dish It Up Sweets All March Long at the Whole Foods Market at Callowhill!

Get in the Dish It Up spirit by sampling delicious artisan cupcakes at the Whole Foods Market at Callowhill!

Citywide Advocacy Initiative Takes Off With Support from The Philadelphia Foundation!

The Philadelphia Foundation has generously granted Women Against Abuse $30,000 to begin the first steps of enacting a citywide advocacy initiative that will fundamentally change the way health and human services providers across Philadelphia respond to survivors of domestic violence!

The Best of Philly’s Culinary Women Gather to End Domestic Violence

Women Against Abuse, Philadelphia’s leading advocate for victims of domestic violence is pleased to announce Dish It Up 2014, the only fundraising event and food tasting competition in Philadelphia featuring the city’s top women-owned restaurants and female chefs!

WOMEN’S WAY Grants Women Against Abuse $15,000 to Enact Long-Term Solutions to End Domestic Violence

Women Against Abuse and 10 local non-profits received funding from WOMEN'S WAY to empower women and girls in our community!

Special Video: A BIG Holiday Thank You From Women Against Abuse!

This holiday season, you helped us raise $38,000 for our life-saving services for survivors of domestic violence, and contributed hundreds of toys and gifts to brighten the holidays for the women and children we serve!

Vice President Biden Recognizes Pennsylvania Domestic Violence Advocates

Vice President Biden recognizes Pennsylvania domestic violence advocates during 115th Annual Pennsylvania Society Dinner!

Women Against Abuse to Partner with Toys for Tots for its 2013 Holiday Gift Drive!

Women Against Abuse, Inc., Philadelphia’s leading domestic violence agency, is pleased to partner with Toys for Tots for its 2013 Holiday Gift Drive.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2013 in Review

Relive iPledge and the Walk to End Domestic Violence!

Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation supports children’s therapy at Women Against Abuse

Women Against Abuse received a generous grant from the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation to buy therapeutic supplies for young children survivors of domestic violence.

Executive Director Jeannine L. Lisitski discusses domestic violence trends on NBC10 @Issue!

Women Against Abuse Executive Director Jeannine L. Lisitski discusses domestic violence trends and emerging needs on NBC10 @Issue with Steve Highsmith!

Altria Companies Employee Community Fund awards $10,000 to expand children services!

Women Against Abuse received a $10,000 grant from the Altria Companies Employee Community Fund to expand education services for young children residing in its emergency safe haven!

Women Against Abuse and Verizon to Launch 6th Annual iPledge Campaign

Women Against Abuse, Inc., Philadelphia’s leading domestic violence agency, and Verizon will kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Philadelphia on October 1 at noon at LOVE Park with its 6th Annual iPledge Press Conference.

Women Against Abuse Receives Good Governance Award from the Philadelphia Foundation!

Women Against Abuse has been named a recipient of the H. Craig Lewis Good Governance Award by The Philadelphia Foundation. The award recognizes organizations that exemplify the finest traits in nonprofit leadership, including board governance, fiduciary responsibility and strategic thinking.

Marshalls Awards Grant to WAA

Marshalls awards $2,500 to support the Women Against Abuse emergency safe haven.

WAA Preserves and Expands a Critical Housing Resource for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Women Against Abuse, Inc. is set to complete a $3 million renovation and expansion project for its transitional housing program, Sojourner House, preserving this key community resource and increasing housing capacity for women and children who have fled life-threatening violence in the home.

The Homeless Assistance Fund, Inc. awards Women Against Abuse $45,000 to help survivors!

Women Against Abuse (WAA) received a $45,000 grant from the Homeless Assistance Fund, Inc. to help women and children survivors of domestic violence ease into long-term affordable housing after months, sometimes years, of homelessness.

Women Against Abuse Finance Director Named 2013 Nonprofit CFO of the Year!

Christine Stevens, Director of Finance at Women Against Abuse, Inc., won the nonprofit category at the Philadelphia Business Journal's CFO of the Year Awards Expo.

City Doubles Emergency Shelter Beds for Survivors of Domestic Violence!

Women Against Abuse will establish a second 100-bed emergency safe haven for survivors of domestic violence in Philadelphia, meeting critical need after years of shortage!

The Pew Charitable Trusts grants $194,000 to support children’s education services!

The Pew Charitable Trusts has awarded a three-year grant of $194,000 to support children's education services at Women Against Abuse's emergency and transitional housing programs!

Philly’s Finest Culinary Women Unite For Dish It Up!

Women Against Abuse Hosts A Night Of Purple To End Domestic Violence on March 19!

The Subaru of America Foundation Supports Children’s After-School Program at WAA’s Emergency Shelter

Women Against Abuse (WAA) received a $4,000 grant from the Subaru of America Foundation to support a trauma-informed After-School Program for young survivors of domestic violence residing in WAA’s emergency shelter.

Teen Dating Violence in Philadelphia Schools

Read about the work of the WAA Education Department in Philadelphia schools to help prevent teen dating violence.

City Council doubles domestic violence shelter in Philadelphia!

We are excited to report that City Council has approved $3 million in funding to support 100 additional shelter beds and other housing resources for victims of domestic violence in Philadelphia!

City Council approves $3 million in funding for new domestic violence shelter

"We are absolutely thrilled to hear of City Council’s leadership and commitment to expanding critical shelter services for victims of domestic violence,” said Cheryl Brubaker of Women Against Abuse.

The Mary Kay Foundation Awards Women Against Abuse a $20,000 Grant

The Mary Kay Foundation awards Women Against Abuse a $20,000 grant for domestic violence prevention and awareness!

iPledge 2012 a Success!

This year's iPledge Kick-Off was a memorable and touching ceremony commemorating the strength of survivors and celebrating the impact the anti-domestic violence moment can have when individuals reach across systems to work together.

Women Against Abuse and Verizon Wireless Announce 5th Annual iPledge Campaign

Press Release - Women Against Abuse will kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month with its 5th iPledge Press Conference on October 10 at 4:30 p.m. at Love Park featuring Mayor Michael Nutter as keynote speaker!

WAA on WHYY’s Voices in the Family

Clinical Director Eda Kauffman and Legal Center Director Molly Callahan speak to Dan Gottlieb on Voices in the Family.

Sojourner House Rehabilitation - Getting to Ribbon Part 3

Construction on Sojourner House's new building, which will house 3 additional units of housing for victims of domestic violence, has started!

Elimination of General Assistance

Learn more about the elimination of General Assistance in Pennsylvania, effective starting August 1, 2012.

1 is 2 Many Campaign on Dating Violence

Watch this great new video featuring President Obama, Vice President Biden, Jimmy Rollins and many other sports leaders!

A Gift from Marshalls and the TJX Foundation

Marshalls and the TJX Foundation generously awarded Women Against Abuse $5,000 in gift cards to support emergency shelter services for victims of domestic violence.

Philly to Stomp the Runway Against Domestic Abuse

A night of style on June 15 to raise awareness and funds for domestic violence. Learn more!

University of Pennsylvania Students Take Back the Night!

Sojourner House Rehabilitation: Getting to Ribbon Part 2

WAA is excited to announce that construction on new transitional housing units has begun!

Women Against Abuse to Testify on City-Wide Emergency Shelter Shortage

Women Against Abuse (WAA), Philadelphia’s leading domestic violence agency, will provide testimony on Monday, March 19th, at 10 a.m., at City Hall about Philadelphia’s persistent emergency shelter shortage for victims of domestic violence.

Presidential Proclamation—National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

President Obama announces that February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Read the proclamation!


A Mural of Strength and Welcoming

A new mural at WAA's shelter commemorates the strong female leadership that has sustained our organization over time.

Sojourner House Rehabilitation: Getting to Ribbon Part 1

Without this project, Sojourner House would have shutdown.

Black Male Engagement Challenge

William Spratley is in the running for the BME Challenge. Find out more and vote!

Trend of Disbelief

The number of abused women seeking shelter in Philly is skyrocketing. The number of beds for them isn't.

35 Miles for Four Million Women

Women Against Abuse celebrates 35 years of aiding victims of domestic violence in Philadelphia. To mark the occasion, Executive Director Jeannine Lisitski and her husband John K. Carlson will bike and run 35 miles from Vineland to Sea Isle, New Jersey on July 31st.

WAA’s Executive Director honored with Brava Award!

Philadelphia Smart CEO awards Philadelphia's top female leaders

News Advisory: Virgin Mobile Promotes Cell Phones as Stalking Tool

Virgin Mobile's ad and others like it make stalking seem like a harmless pastime.

City Council to declare February “Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month”

Philadelphia, PA – Councilman Bill Greenlee, City of Philadelphia Councilman-at-large, will present a resolution designating February “Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month” at the Thursday, January 28th City Council session at 10 a.m. The resolution marks the first time Philadelphia City Council will dedicate an entire month to awareness and prevention of teen dating violence. This far-reaching issue is gaining widespread recognition, as one in three teens reports experiencing physical abuse in a dating relationship.  

Expert Offers Advice For Avoiding Domestic Abuse Around The Holidays

KYW Newsradio's Karin Phillips reports on domestic abuse around the holidays

Philly Domestic Abuse Shelter Seeks Items For Dispossessed

KYW Newsradio's Karin Phillips reports on the Women Against Abuse Holiday Donation Drive. 

Philadelphia’s Only Domestic Violence Shelter in need of Holiday Cheer this Season

Philadelphia, PA – November 29, 2010 - Women Against Abuse, Philadelphia’s leading domestic violence service provider, is sheltering 132 women and children this holiday season. The agency is asking the public for donations to ensure these families – who have had to leave their homes to escape abuse – can enjoy a warm and happy holiday.  

Dish It Up in Philadelphia Magazine

View photos from Women Against Abuse's 3rd Annual Dish It Up fundraiser and food competition on PhillyMag.com

Moon Krapugthong, Dish It Up competitor, on NBC’s 10! Show

 Moon Krapugthong, founder of Mango Moon and Chabaa Thai, appeared on the 10! Show to showcase her purple dish for this year's Dish It Up competition!

Dish It Up! Philly’s Finest Culinary Women Unite as Women Against Abuse Hosts A Night Of Purple

November 4th, 5:30-8pm
Moore College of Art
Get more information!

Philadelphia’s strongest advocate for victims of domestic violence, Women Against Abuse, rolls out the purple carpet for the city’s top culinary women at their annual Dish It Up! fundraiser and food competition.

Dish It Up Chef, Heather Annechiarico, on the 10! Show

 Heather Annechiarico, founder of Hawthornes Cafe, appeared on the 10! Show to promote her purple cuisine for Dish It Up!

Philadelphia Magazine: Dish It Up for Women Against Abuse!

Post from Kirsten Henri, Food Editor of Philadelphia Magazine, about her upcoming participation in Dish It Up!

Dish It Up chef Delilah Winder on the 10! Show

Delilah Winder of Delilah's Southern Cuisine appears on the 10! Show to promote her dish for Dish It Up!

State Senator LeAnna Washington to Host Third Annual Walk to End Domestic Violence

Victims of domestic violence need a compassionate voice to turn to during their darkest times. That's why the Senator will host the third annual “Walk to End Domestic Violence” to benefit the main “helping hand” for victims: Philadelphia’s only domestic abuse hotline (866-SAFE-014).  

Dish It Up Chef Marcie Turney on the 10! Show

Marcie Turney, owner and head chef of Lolita, Bindi, and Barbuzzo, appeared on the 10! Show to promote her purple dish for Dish It Up!

The Force Behind the Walk to End Domestic Violence Still Rising

When LeAnna Washington first got up the strength to go public about her private life, all she would do was cry. Merely giving voice to her horrific story was too painful even for her to hear.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month October 2010

Philadelphia, PA – October 15, 2010 Women Against Abuse (WAA), operator of Philadelphia’s only emergency shelter for domestic violence victims, had to deny nearly 6,000 requests for shelter from women and children because its 100-bed facility is consistently at full capacity.

Women Against Abuse Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month With 3rd Annual iPledge Campaign

Philadelphia, PA – October 6, 2010 – Women Against Abuse (WAA), Philadelphia’s leading domestic violence agency, will kick off the 3rd Annual iPledge Campaign, sponsored by Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine Program, the Verizon Foundation and Drexel University, calling on Philadelphians to take a stand against domestic violence.

Women Against Abuse Awarded Service Grant

The grant is for the conceptual design for the renovation of Sojourner House, Women Against Abuse's long-term housing facility.

Police Domestic Abuse Reports Get Specific in Pilot Program

Women Against Abuse and the Philadelphia Police Department team up to help more victims of domestic violence.

Domestic Violence Victims Urged to Break Silence

State Senator LeAnna Washington and Women Against Abuse former client and Board member, Sheila Armstrong, encourage domestic violence victims to speak up. 

Women Against Abuse Legal Center Funding In Jeopardy

Demand for Emergency Shelter Mounts

4,671: That's how many victims Philly's only domestic violence shelter turned away last year.

Dish It Up on NBC

Dish It Up on NBC
Nine of Philadelphia's top women-owned or operated restaurants competed for the first ever Purple Dish Award at Women Against Abuse's, annual Dish It Up event. Jennifer Carroll, Chef de Cuisine at 10 Arts, was the winner.

Philadelphia rethinks how police probe domestic abuse

Responding to a sharp increase in homicides stemming from domestic violence, the Philadelphia Police Department announced plans this week to change how officers handle domestic abuse cases.

 

Philadelphia’s Only Domestic Violence Shelter at Full Capacity for Holiday Season

Public’s support needed to bring holiday cheer to families in need.

Philly’s Leading Culinary Women Unite To Raise Money for Women Against Abuse

Women Against Abuse, Philadelphia’s leading domestic violence service provider, will unite ten of Philadelphia's top culinary women at Dish It Up! to raise money for the agency’s life-saving services.

Budget Cuts Threaten Services for Domestic Violence Victims, While Demand for Help Increases

Women Against Abuse calls for public action in conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month.