Women Against Abuse has a rich, 40-year legacy of progress in the movement to end intimate partner violence. In recent years, the organization:
- Doubled Philadelphia’s emergency safe haven capacity to serve 200 women and children at a point in time
- More than quadrupled the number of victims able to access its free legal representation in protection from abuse and custody and support cases;
- Developed a first of its kind case management manual that addresses the intersection of homelessness and domestic violence through a trauma-informed lens; and
- Became one of the first domestic violence service providers in the world to achieve Sanctuary® certification.
Additionally, Women Against Abuse has successfully pioneered Shared Safety, a revolutionary approach to ending relational violence. Through Shared Safety, Philadelphia’s service providers and health and human service systems have come together to pursue a shared commitment to making city-wide change. Together, we have established a strategic plan to create a more effective and coordinated 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; and
- assure people who act abusively are offered alternatives to violence.