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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 escioscia@womenagainstabuse.org.

2016 Shared Safety Progress Report

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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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LATICIA’S STORY

LATICIA'S STORY

“We were just a couple trying to make a relationship work,” reflected Laticia.

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Verizon’s Story

Verizon’s Story

Since it first partnered with Women Against Abuse in 2008, Verizon has been committed to empowering survivors of domestic violence in Philadelphia through HopeLine by Verizon.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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