SHARED SAFETY: Transforming Philadelphia’s Response to Relational Violence
Our systems-change work is focused on ensuring people experiencing relationship violence receive the interventions they need to be safe.
Domestic violence is alarmingly widespread throughout Philadelphia, yet the City currently has only a small number of specialized organizations working to support an overwhelming number of people impacted by domestic violence. Instead, Philadelphia needs a coordinated community response that will create safety and prevent relationship abuse.
To that end, the City's service providers and government representatives have come together to pursue a shared commitment to making system-level change. Together, we have established a strategic plan to create a more effective city-wide response to domestic violence. This plan will:
- ensure domestic violence-informed screening and access to services
- embed domestic violence-informed practices into human service agencies
- expand capacity for emergency housing
- establish a system that allows for safety, self-reliance, and wellbeing
- assure people who act abusively are offered alternatives to violence
Women Against Abuse and its partners are now working to implement these goals to create a truly coordinated community response to domestic violence in Philadelphia.
No other major metropolitan area in the U.S. has an approach at the scale and depth that this plan advances. Philadelphia can lead the way!
Want to learn more about Shared Safety?
Check out our 2016 Shared Safety progress report below. For more information contact Director of Policy & Prevention Elise Scioscia at email@example.com.