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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!

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Since 2012, Women Against Abuse has engaged more than 80 stakeholders in Shared Safety.   As co-backbone for the effort, along with the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbilities Services, Women Against Abuse is Shared Safety provides vital leadership, staff resources, fundraising and coordination for the effort. 

Stakeholders meet bi-monthly to ensure plan progress, set policy, and provide a forum for discussion. Five sub-committees are each chaired by a health and human services organization and a victim’s services provider.

Already, Shared Safety has had some important results, including commitments from public stakeholders to begin to change the way they collect data and information, to be trained, and to publicly articulate their support for survivors. Shared Safety was pivotal in the establishment of a central office to address domestic violence in Philadelphia by Mayor Jim Kenney in 2016.

Moving forward, Shared Safety will require significant funding in order to implement the various “implementation” components of this plan that are designed to ensure that systems are transformed for years to come. For more information, see “How You Can Help Advance Shared Safety.”

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!

2016 Shared Safety Progress Report

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.

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Dana’s Story

Dana’s Story

Former emergency shelter resident Dana*, intelligent and bright-spirited, worked hard for her credentials.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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