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The Philadelphia Foundation Supports Citywide Advocacy Initiative!

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!

In its current strategic plan, Women Against Abuse identified the need to improve responses to survivors of domestic violence in the places they are most likely to seek help: city health clinics, public housing offices and behavioral health centers. Many of these institutions lack domestic violence expertise and resources to appropriately support survivors during times of crisis.

Since the fall of 2012, Women Against Abuse and numerous community partners, including top city leaders, have met regularly to discuss the bigger picture of domestic violence in Philadelphia, exploring opportunities to make this vision a reality.

With support from The Philadelphia Foundation, this ambitious project is now gaining ground. This grant will enable Women Against Abuse, city partners and community nonprofits to begin developing a citywide strategic plan that will lay the groundwork for the establishment of a citywide coordinated community response to domestic violence. This citywide advocacy effort is also being supported by a consortium of diverse funders from across the community, including WOMEN'S WAY and the Valentine Foundation.

The goals of this response include streamlining services, revising policies and procedures across institutions so that survivors are treated with dignity and linked with the services they need, and developing a multidisciplinary case review team.

Through these efforts, the partners ultimately aim to prevent and intervene earlier in the cycle of domestic violence, thereby directly reducing domestic violence injuries and homicides, the impact of domestic violence on individuals and families throughout Philadelphia, and the cost of domestic violence on city systems that are currently flooded by individuals seeking safety from abuse.

Given the breadth and depth of scope required to develop such a plan, Women Against Abuse has selected consultants Fairmount Ventures and Sage Communications to lead this intensive process. Fairmount Ventures has extensive experience developing strategic plans for the City of Philadelphia that delve into addressing major social justice issues, including the recent "Shared Prosperity" report focused on poverty.

This grant from The Philadelphia Foundation was made possible by the Leonora Dinkey Seiple Trust, the Jonathan C. Neff Fund, the Lorimer Distribution Account, the David S. Mathers Fund, the Technitrol Community Fund, the Ellwood J. and Isabel G. Rotan Memorial, and the Richard C. Bechtel Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation.

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About the Philadelphia Foundation

Since 1918, The Philadelphia Foundation has been committed to improving the quality of life in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. It links those with financial resources to those who serve societal needs. The Foundation grows the more than 800 charitable funds established by its donors and distributes about $20 million annually in grants and scholarships to about 1,000 effective nonprofit organizations. Through this support, the Foundation builds healthy communities, strengthens children and families, advances economic opportunities and enhances culture and recreation. For more information, please visithttp://www.philafound.org

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