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Public Policy & Advocacy

In order to lead the struggle to end domestic violence, Women Against Abuse advocates on behalf of survivors and the programs that serve them.

Policy

The Public Policy team at Women Against Abuse participates in the legislative process at all levels of government with the goal of influencing policy that impacts survivors of domestic violence and their families.

Women Against Abuse engages survivors in the advocacy process through civic engagement sessions and letter writing campaigns for residential clients, by involving survivor representatives in legislative meetings, and through the work of the Women Against Abuse Advocacy Committee. 

Each year, Women Against Abuse develops a policy agenda that is created through a client-driven advocacy process benefitting from the direct experience of the survivors of domestic violence who receive services at Women Against Abuse. To learn more about our policy agenda for this year, visit our Public Policy page

Get Involved in Our Advocacy Work!

To get involved in Women Against Abuse’s advocacy work, visit our Take Action Center.

Systems Change Work

In addition to legislative advocacy, Women Against Abuse works to eliminate barriers to care for survivors of domestic violence who are accessing services throughout the city.

The goal of our systems change work is to ensure that regardless of which city system or “door” a person experiencing domestic violence enters – whether it is an emergency room, a homeless shelter, or a 9-1-1 call -- the system is trained and equipped to sensitively screen for domestic violence, provide an initial intervention and link victims with appropriate safe supports.

In addition to targeted work in a number of city service systems, we are proud to work with our sister agencies and city partners to improve Philadelphia’s response to domestic violence as a holistic continuum of care. Learn more about Philadelphia’s citywide plan to end domestic violence! 

Coordinating our system efforts to identify underlying trauma related to domestic violence will expand our capacity to protect and serve our entire community, and change the social norms that perpetuate violence. 

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Alyssa’s Story

Alyssa’s Story

Alyssa* had been living with her parents and was restricted to a wheelchair due to under-developed limbs.

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Sarah’s Story

Sarah’s Story

Sarah joined Women Against Abuse in September 2010 through a partnership program with the German peace and volunteer organization ARSP.

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Amy’s Story

Amy’s Story

“This is not OK; this is not who I will be; I will love my children; violence will not be allowed in my home.”

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Sara’s Story

Sara’s Story

Sara* was a victim of domestic violence who transformed into a strong and capable mother with support from Women Against Abuse.

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Mike’s Story

Mike's Story

Mike, a former police detective with the Philadelphia Police Department, has been working as the police liaison for Women Against Abuse, so that he can help survivors in ways he couldn’t as a detective.

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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.

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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.

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Kathleen’s Story

Kathleen’s Story

Up until three years ago, Kathleen's* life was defined by her husband's moods, needs and whims.

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Dana’s Story

Dana’s Story

Former emergency shelter resident Dana*, intelligent and bright-spirited, worked hard for her credentials.

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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.

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