Vice President Biden Recognizes Pennsylvania Domestic Violence Advocates
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 7, 2014 — Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. has renewed his commitment to ending domestic violence by directing the $50,000 contribution from The Pennsylvania Society to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Philadelphia-based Women Against Abuse.
Vice President Biden was awarded The Pennsylvania Society’s Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement at its 115th Annual Dinner on December 14, 2013, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. This award included $50,000 for the Vice President to direct to a Pennsylvania charity or charities approved by the Society’s Council. The dinner attracted more than 1,600 distinguished guests, including Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, who also addressed the crowd. The Vice President’s choice of charities was announced to the audience that evening.
The funds will be used by Women Against Abuse and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence to promote safe interventions for victims of domestic violence and support advocacy and awareness efforts designed to address this public health epidemic that affects 1 in 3 women and 1 in 7 men across the globe.
“Vice President Biden has dedicated his career to bringing awareness to domestic violence and ensuring victims and their children receive the resources they need to escape abuse and achieve safety,” said Jeannine L. Lisitski, executive director of Women Against Abuse. “And that is the standard Women Against Abuse strives to achieve through its work each day. We are encouraged by the Vice President’s recognition, and will continue to embody our mission of ending domestic violence in Philadelphia.”
“Vice President Biden has stood side-by-side with us on women’s issues throughout his long and distinguished career in public service, particularly in securing passage of the Violence Against Women Act,’’ said Peg Dierkers, executive director of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “This landmark legislation, whose 20th anniversary is being commemorated this year by PCADV and the commonwealth’s eight law schools, has not only protected victims of domestic violence, but saved countless lives over the past two decades.’’
“Women Against Abuse and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence are leading the fight against domestic violence in Philadelphia and across the Commonwealth. I know that they will put this funding to good use expanding advocacy efforts and providing critical support services,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “I want to thank Vice President Biden for acknowledging the missions and good work of Women Against Abuse and PCADV to keep safe domestic violence victims and their families.”
“I am not surprised that Vice President Biden has acknowledged the work of Women Against Abuse, which does so much to ensure the safety and comfort of victims of domestic violence in Philadelphia,” Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke said. “Vice President Biden’s long and distinguished record of advocating for victims of domestic abuse is well known here. The good people of Women Against Abuse should be proud to have his support as they work to ensure the dignity of domestic violence victims across our City.”
About Women Against Abuse
Women Against Abuse is the leading domestic violence service provider and advocate in Philadelphia, serving 15,000 individuals each year through emergency residential services, supportive transitional and permanent housing, legal aid, trauma-informed behavioral health care and community education and training. Women Against Abuse’s mission is to provide quality, compassionate and nonjudgmental services that foster self-respect and independence in individuals experiencing intimate partner violence, and to lead the effort to end domestic violence in Philadelphia through advocacy and community education. For more information, visit http://www.womenagainstabuse.org
About the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Founded in 1976, the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence is the oldest statewide domestic violence coalition in the nation. Each year it provides assistance to nearly 100,000 victims of domestic violence, through a network of 60 community-based programs serving all 67 counties in the commonwealth. PCADV also promotes public awareness of domestic violence-related issues through its PA SAYS NO MORE campaign, which it operates in partnership with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape. For more information, visit http://www.pcadv.org or http://www.pasaysnomore.com; or follow PCADV on Twitter @pcadvorg and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pennsylvania-Coalition-Against-Domestic-Violence/479697025386367
About the Pennsylvania Society
The Pennsylvania Society is a charitable, patriotic and nonprofit organization which honors the accomplishments of citizens who have brought glory to the Commonwealth. Founded in 1899 to encourage the ideals of William Penn as expressed in service to the Commonwealth and to unite all Pennsylvanians at home and away in bonds of friendship and devotion to their native or adopted state, the Society’s membership exceeds 2,000 members from throughout Pennsylvania and well beyond. The Society seeks to honor achievement, reward excellence, promote good will and understanding and celebrate service to the Commonwealth. For more information, visit http://www.pasociety.com/index.html.