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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sheila’s Story

Sheila’s Story

Sheila arrived at the Women Against Abuse Emergency Shelter after waking up in a hospital emergency room.

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William’s Story

William’s Story

William Spratley flicks through the text messages on his phone until he finds the one he’s been looking for. It’s from his 27-year old daughter, Ameya, and it’s the last words he will ever exchange with her.

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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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If you or someone you know needs help, call our toll-free 24-hour Hotline:

1.866.723.3014

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