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Women Against Abuse Receives 2017 Lipman Family Prize!

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Katie Young-Wildes

Women Against Abuse

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Kate FitzGerald

Lipman Family Prize

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APRIL 28, 2017: Women Against Abuse received the 2017 Barry and Marie Lipman Family Prize during an awards ceremony on Friday, April 28, 2017, at the University of Pennsylvania, for its vision and leadership in pioneering Shared Safety: Philadelphia's Response to Relational Violence.

Watch our video for an overview of Shared Safety and its impact on Philadelphia. 

Women Against Abuse is the first nonprofit organization from Philadelphia to receive the Lipman Family Prize! Since 2012, this annual global prize has honored organizations that use innovative strategies to address social problems. For this year's award, the Lipman Family Prize received applications from over 115 organizations dedicated to making an impact in pressing global issues including education, poverty alleviation, environmental sustainability, and gender equality. 

“Women Against Abuse is incredibly honored to be named as the 2017 Lipman Prize winner amidst such amazing organizations,” said Jeannine L. Lisitski, Executive Director and President of Women Against Abuse. “This recognition underscores the profound impact of relational violence as a major public health and safety crisis that creates vast negative ripple effects throughout our society. It is also a testament to the bravery of tens of thousands of survivors of domestic violence in our community, who had the courage to break free from intergenerational cycles of violence.”

Shared Safety - a collective impact model that is harnessing the collaborative energies of 60 health and human service providers and city systems - offers a citywide blueprint for effective identification, intervention, and prevention of domestic and sexual violence, human trafficking, and reproductive coercion. Once fully implemented, Shared Safety will ensure that, regardless of where a victim enters the City's systems, they will be linked to the appropriate resources and receive an immediate, supportive response. 

“As soon as we read their application, there was no doubt in our minds that Women Against Abuse had helped launch an inspiring, inclusive and innovative approach to ending domestic violence,” said Umi Howard, Director of the Lipman Family Prize at the University of Pennsylvania.

As the winner of this year's prize, Women Against Abuse will receive $250,000 in unrestricted funds, as well as executive training from the University of Pennsylvania, and promotion of the organization's life-saving activities and advocacy in Penn's network.

Jeannine L. Lisitski, Executive Director & President of Women Against Abuse, Marie and Barry Lipman, and Mayor Jim Kenney celebrate at the 2017 Lipman Family Prize awards ceremony at the University of Pennsylvania

“Women Against Abuse has done absolutely essential work in trying to bring an end to domestic violence,” said Penn President Amy Gutmann. “They have developed a coordinated community response that exemplifies the founding spirit of the Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize. It is an honor to be in a partnership with an organization so deeply committed to the ideal of universal self-respect and independence.”

“Shared Safety’s ability—and further potential—to accelerate change through collaboration is something that really caught our eye,” says Barry Lipman, founder of the Lipman Family Prize. “In a relatively short time, Shared Safety has become a case study in the power of collaboration across issues, ideas and sectors—a model that holds promise not just for Philadelphia, but for cities around the country and the world.”

"In order to be effective as a mayor, you need to listen to the people on the ground," Mayor Jim Kenney said at the award ceremony. "Thank you, Women Against Abuse, for the work you do on behalf of our most vulnerable citizens." 

ABOUT THE LIPMAN FAMILY PRIZE

First awarded in 2012, the Lipman Family Prize at the University of Pennsylvania is an annual global prize that advances creative solutions by inspiring people to think together in new ways. Administered by the Wharton School on behalf of the University of Pennsylvania, the Prize is committed to resourcing and connecting change-makers to bring innovative ideas to new places and problems around the world. Previous winners include iDE, READ Global, Breakthrough, and Riders for Health.

ABOUT THE WHARTON SCHOOL

Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. With a broad global community and one of the most published business school faculties, Wharton creates economic and social value around the world. The School has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 9,200 participants in executive education programs annually and a powerful alumni network of 94,000 graduates.

ABOUT THE 2017 FINALISTS

We Care Solar, based in Boston, makes portable, cost-effective Solar suitcases that power critical lighting, mobile communication devices and medical devices in low-resource areas without reliable electricity.

Berkeley-based Seeding Labs helps talented scientists in developing countries conduct life-changing research by equipping them with the tools, training and connections they need to be on the cutting edge of global discovery.

Based in Philadelphia, Women Against Abuse provides a continuum of care - from telephone crisis counseling to long-term supportive housing -  for people experiencing intimate partner violence. The organization is being recognized for its vision and implementation of Shared Safety, a collective impact approach that is revolutionizing Philadelphia's response to relational violence.

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