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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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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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Catherine’s Story

Catherine’s Story

When I first met my abuser, I was just 14 years old and he was 20. I thought I was in love, so I ignored the disapproval of my mom and sister.

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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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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.

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Dick MacKay’s Story

Dick MacKay’s Story

Dick MacKay knows the real reason for the holiday season—to bring hope to families in need.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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