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The Legislative Process

Learn about the legislative and budget process, and how it impacts the people we serve.

Women Against Abuse works with our legislative bodies at the city, state and federal level on policies that support survivors of domestic violence. These legislative bodies are responsible for introducing various legislation that, if passed, becomes law and governs our day-to-day lives.

In addition to laws, our legislative bodies identify funding each year to accomplish the laws they have passed.

The funding that is provided through these bodies enables programs like Women Against Abuse and others to continue to provide quality services to people who are experiencing domestic violence.

Therefore, Women Against Abuse, Inc. plays a crucial role in providing input, guidance, and leadership in legislative matters concerning domestic violence.  We participate throughout the legislative process to ensure our elected officials are making decisions that create strong protections for survivors and hold perpetrators of domestic violence accountable. 

The Public Policy team works diligently to be an effective liaison between our elected officials, and the clients and community of Women Against Abuse. Throughout the process there are many opportunities for you to get involved and allow your voice to be heard.  By following our Advocacy Alerts, attending our Advocacy Days in Harrisburg, and writing and calling your elected officials, you can help us protect survivors of domestic violence. 

Check out our resources below to find out more information on the legislative process and how to get involved! 

Breakdown of PA's Legislative Process

Detailed version of how a bill becomes a law

School House Rock- "How a Bill Becomes a Law"

Get involved!

To contact your elected official about issues related to domestic violence, visit our Take Action page!

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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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Verizon’s Story

Verizon’s Story

A valued corporate partner, Verizon has been committed to empowering survivors of domestic violence in Philadelphia through HopeLine by Verizon.

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Lucia’s Story

Lucia’s Story

Lucia* came to the WAA emergency shelter pregnant and with five children.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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1.866.723.3014

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