Internet Safety

9th Annual iPledge Campaign Launches Domestic Violence Awareness Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 23, 2016

media contacts

Katie Young-Wildes, Vice President of Advancement, Women Against Abuse

O. 267-295-5900; C. 267-240-4960 KYWildes@womenagainstabuse.org

Kaitlyn Tivenan: O. 215-790-4336; C. 610-618-0542 ktivenan@tierneyagency.com

PHILADELPHIA – Women Against Abuse, Inc. – Philadelphia’s leading domestic violence service provider and advocate – Verizon Wireless, Health Partners Plans and Wawa will launch Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Philadelphia with the 9th Annual iPledge Campaign press conference on September 30 at noon at Thomas Paine Plaza. The theme of this year’s iPledge event will focus on the intersection of domestic violence and child abuse, because there are no safe children without safe families.   

Philadelphia’s Mayor Jim Kenney will deliver opening remarks at the event, and NBC10 reporter, Harry Hairston, will be the Master of Ceremonies. Women Against Abuse will honor Dr. Sam P. Gulino, Chief Medical Examiner and Chair of the Act 33 Child Fatality Review Team, with the Patricia Fox Trailblazer Award in recognition of his leadership on behalf of child victims of abuse and domestic violence. A survivor of child abuse and domestic violence will also share her story as a powerful reminder of the impact family violence has on our community and the importance of our work.

“All too often, we see children killed in the context of domestic violence,” said Jeannine L. Lisitski, Executive Director & President of Women Against Abuse. “And all too often, domestic violence goes unnoticed until it’s too late; until a precious young life is lost and the shockwaves alter our community forever. Women Against Abuse is working with city systems and community partners to prevent these tragedies and ensure the safety of children and families in Philadelphia.”

Verizon Wireless – the founding sponsor of the iPledge Campaign – will share information about its HopeLine program at the event. Since 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 12 million phones and in 2015, the HopeLine program collected over 700,000 mobile phones to help domestic violence victims. Additionally, $7 million dollars in cash grants have been provided to domestic violence organizations in 2015.  

“Domestic violence is an issue we cannot ignore,” said Kevin Zavaglia, President of Verizon’s North East Market. “We must work together to continue to raise awareness about this silent epidemic and help prevent it. I am proud of Verizon’s long-standing history of supporting this cause and partnering with organizations like Women Against Abuse to change our world for the better.  I am inspired by the tireless efforts these organizations put forth to assist those affected by domestic violence every single day.”

Additionally, the public is invited to take the #iPledgeBecause Challenge, which encourages community members to post a “selfie” to Facebook and Twitter with their motivation for taking Women Against Abuse’s pledge against violence (found at www.iPledgeWAA.org), using the hashtag #iPledgeBecause, and then to challenge their friends and family to follow suit. The iPledge Challenge has garnered more than 1.7 million impressions or timeline deliveries on Twitter since it began in 2014, and has served as a powerful local rally cry for the national conversation around domestic violence. 

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.  An iPledge Toolkit filled with resources for getting involved in the effort to end domestic violence is available via a free download at www.iPledgeWAA.org. 

####

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. Since 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 12 million phones and in 2015, the HopeLine program collected over 700,000 mobile phones to help domestic violence victims. Additionally, $7 million dollars in cash grants have been provided to domestic violence organizations in 2015.  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 nearly 270,000 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) plans. Founded more than 30 years ago, Health Partners Plans is one of the few hospital-owned health plans in the country. Learn more about how Health Partners Plans is doing it right at HealthPartnersPlans.comtwitter.com/HPPlans and facebook.com/healthpartnersplans.

waa-walk-12.jpg
William’s Story

William’s Story

William Spratley flicks through the text messages on his phone until he finds the one he’s been looking for. It’s from his 27-year old daughter, Ameya, and it’s the last words he will ever exchange with her.

Read Full Story
Justine’s Story

Justine’s Story

Justine got to know Eric in college, while working part time at a Virginia-based home improvement store. They began casually dating in 1999, eventually marrying in May of 2006. Looking back, her sister, Lauren, can see the red flags.

Read Full Story
Lonnie & Jordan’s Story

Lonnie & Jordan’s Story

The life-saving work that Women Against Abuse achieves each day would not be possible without the support of advocates in the community.

Read Full Story
Renee’s Story

Renee’s Story

Renee Norris Jones experienced 7 years of domestic violence at a time when few resources existed to help victims escape abuse.

Read Full Story
Beth Huffman’s Story

Beth Huffman’s Story

When a survivor's child was in trouble, Beth Huffman helped organize a press conference to get the story out on behalf of Women Against Abuse's Legal Center.

Read Full Story
Doreen Davis’ Story

Doreen Davis’ Story

Doreen Davis is a longtime supporter of Women Against Abuse who has used her expertise in traditional labor law to assist WAA for over two decades.

Read Full Story
Georgina O’Hara’s Story

Georgina O’Hara’s Story

Pro bono representation provided by local law firms makes a meaningful difference for the thousands of clients seeking help at our Legal Center.

Read Full Story
Overbrook Presbyterian’s Story

Overbrook Presbyterian’s Story

The Women’s Dining Circle of Overbrook Presbyterian Church knows how to make fundraising down right fun. In January, the Dining Circle hosted a dinner that raised over $1,200 for Women Against Abuse.

Read Full Story
Allison’s Story

Allison’s Story

Allison* cringed at her reflection in the mirror as she gently dabbed concealer over the bruises circling her eye.

Read Full Story
Doug Schoenberg’s Story

Doug Schoenberg’s Story

Doug Schoenberg, Co-Founder and CEO of SofterWare, Inc., recently provided a challenge match through the Schoenberg Family Charitable Fund as an incentive to help Women Against Abuse gain new monthly donors.

Read Full Story

If you or someone you know needs help, call our toll-free 24-hour Hotline:

1.866.723.3014

Sign up for Action Alerts, Updates & Newsletters!