Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2013 in Review
6th Annual iPledge Campaign
This year's iPledge press conference on October 1st at Love Park kicked off Domestic Violence Awareness Month and was a big success! With more than 2,000 pledges against violence, local media coverage and generous sponsorship from Verizon Wireless, we were able to spread the message about ending domestic violence. We honored Philadelphia City Council with the Pat Fox Trailblazer Award. We also collected dozens of cell phones, including a box donated by keynote speaker Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Chief of staff Everett Gillison, for the Verizon Hopeline program, which refurbishes phones for survivors.
Hotline and Intake Counselor Lisa Madison gave a moving speech about her experiences. The campaign was advertised in the Metro, on Philly.com, through bus shelter ads along Market Street, and via light post banners and portal banners in and around City Hall.
Walk to End Domestic Violence
Thanks to everyone who participated in the 6th Annual Run/Walk to End Domestic Violence on Saturday, October 26th on West River Drive! The annual Walk serves as the culminating event of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and provides the community with the opportunity to come together to raise awareness of violence in our homes and in our communities, and the resources available to survivors.
The Women Against Abuse iPledge team exceeded last year’s record participation rate with over 65 team participants this year, making the Women Against Abuse iPledge team the largest of the day! Thanks to all of our staff, community partners, Board members, clients, family and friends who signed up to run and walk with our team!
Over 600 total participants from across the community stepped off of West River Drive in honor and support of survivors of domestic violence, following an exciting performance of “We Are Family” by Philadelphia’s own Kathy Sledge.
Hosted by State Senator LeAnna Washington, in conjunction with Women Against Abuse, Congreso, Lutheran Settlement House, Women In Transition and the Black Women’s Health Alliance – the Walk benefits the Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline, a free 24-hour citywide resource for safety, information and support.
If you’re experiencing or have questions about intimate partner violence, trained counselors are available to talk. Call the Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-866-723-3014.