iPledge 2012 a Success!
Women Against Abuse held its 5th iPledge Kick-Off on October 10th, 2012.
The ceremony was memorable and touching, 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 presented Deputy Police Commissioner Patricia Giorgio-Fox with the inaugural Pat Fox Trailblazer Award for her commitment to ending domestic violence in our community.
Giorgio-Fox has played a central role in reforming police procedures to improve outcomes for victims of domestic violence.
The conference, sponsored by Verizon Wireless HopeLine, also featured guest speaker Mayor Michael Nutter who spoke to the importance of domestic violence awareness and prevention in Philadelphia.
In addition, representatives from Verizon announced a $20,000 to Women Against Abuse to provide teen dating violence training for teachers in Philadelphia. Recent studies show that as many as one in three girls will experience dating violence, with many incidents occurring on school grounds. This grant will enable WAA educators to train approximately 80 teachers, guidance counselors and school staff members in recognizing and appropriately responding to dating violence.
WAA also welcomed survivor Renee Norris-Jones, who captivated the audience with her story of overcoming seven years of life-threatening abuse by her husband.
Community members committed to ending domestic violence and standing up to abuse by signing the pledge. More than 1,800 individuals have signed the pledge to date.
Every October, at the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, WAA holds its iPledge kickoff. The event typically draws 250 local and state political officers, the media, students and community members.