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8th Annual iPledge Campaign Press Conference Unveils New Toolkit

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October 1, 2015

Women Against Abuse, Verizon & Health Partners Plans To Launch 8th Annual iPledge® Campaign

In Recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

New iPledge Toolkit to Be Unveiled During Event

 

PHILADELPHIA – Women Against Abuse, Inc., Philadelphia’s leading domestic violence service provider and advocate, Verizon, and Health Partners Plans will lead the 8th Annual iPledge Campaign press conference as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Philadelphia on October 8 at noon at LOVE Park. This year’s iPledge press conference will focus on the impact domestic violence has on the entire community and how everyone can play a part in helping to put an end to this public health epidemic.

Women Against Abuse will announce the completion of a first-of-its-kind, city-wide strategic plan designed to create a more effective response to domestic violence in Philadelphia. Additionally, Women Against Abuse will unveil a new iPledge Campaign toolkit that can be used by community members to take an active role in helping to end domestic violence. The toolkit will include downloadable campaign graphics, templates, fact sheets, resources, information on how to sign the pledge, and more.

“Domestic violence has a profound impact on the health and well-being of people, families and neighborhoods throughout our City,” said Women Against Abuse Executive Director & President Jeannine L. Lisitski. “The new iPledge toolkit is designed to empower individuals and organizations to help educate their peers about the prevalence and impact of domestic violence and to take a collective stand against it.”  

Philadelphia’s Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison will deliver remarks at the event and NBC10 Meteorologist Bill Henley will be the Master of Ceremonies. Women Against Abuse will honor Dr. Arthur Evans, Commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, with the Patricia Fox Trailblazer Award in recognition of his leadership in creating a coordinated community response to domestic violence and for bringing trauma-informed behavioral health care to Philadelphia.

“We are so proud to honor Dr. Arthur Evans. He is a true champion in ensuring domestic violence survivors receive the trauma-informed care they deserve,” said Lisitski. “Without his efforts, our coordinated community response wouldn’t be possible.”

Verizon – the founding sponsor of the iPledge Campaign – will share information about its HopeLine program at the event. Since 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 11.4 million phones and distributed more than 190,000 phones in the U.S. In 2014 alone, the HopeLine program contributed $350,000 in cash grants to victims of domestic violence and local agencies in the Philadelphia Tri-State Region.

“We, as a community, must stand together to raise awareness of domestic violence and to help prevent it. It isn’t a problem we can or should ignore,” said Chris Flood, Verizon Wireless, President, Philadelphia Tri-State Region. “I am proud that Verizon is a company that recognizes the magnitude of this issue and has partnered with domestic violence prevention organizations like Women Against Abuse for more than a decade. I am inspired by the tireless efforts these organizations put forth every single day.”

The event will conclude with a community pledge against domestic violence. Attendees can also take the pledge digitally via Verizon tablets on-site or by visiting www.iPledgeWAA.org.  

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About Women Against Abuse

Women Against Abuse, Inc., one of the largest domestic violence service providers in the country, serves approximately15,000 individuals in Philadelphia each year through emergency housing, legal services, hotline counseling, education and advocacy. For more information, visit www.womenagainstabuse.org

About the HopeLine from Verizon Program

The HopeLine from Verizon Program collects no-longer used wireless phones, batteries and accessories for victims of domestic violence. The initiative began in 2001, and to date, Verizon Wireless has collected more than 11.4 million phones and donated more than 190,000 to be used by domestic abuse survivors. Verizon has also awarded more than $29 million in grants to domestic violence agencies across the country. For more information, visit http://www.verizon.com/about/responsibility/hopeline.

About Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Starting in 1981, domestic violence advocates gathered to remember victims and celebrate survivors of domestic violence. In 1989, Domestic Violence Awareness Month became officially recognized by Congress. For more information, visit www.nrcdv.org/dvam.

About Health Partners Plans

Nationally recognized for its innovations in managed care, Health Partners Plans is a not-for-profit managed healthcare organization serving more than 245,000 members in the Greater Philadelphia region. It provides a broad range of health coverage options through Health Partners Medicare, Health Partners for Medicaid recipients and its KidzPartners (Children's Health Insurance Program) plan.

 

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MEDIA CONTACTS

Katie Young-Wildes

Vice President of Advancement, Women Against Abuse

O. 267-295-5900; C. 267-240-4960

KYWildes@womenagainstabuse.org

 

John O’Malley

Verizon Wireless

O. 215-638-5668; C. 585-261-5899

John.omalley@verizonwireless.com              

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