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File #: 180829    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 9/20/2018 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 9/20/2018
Title: Declaring October as "Domestic Violence Awareness Month."
Sponsors: Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Gym, Council President Clarke, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember O'Neill
Attachments: 1. Signature18082900.pdf
Declaring October as "Domestic Violence Awareness Month."

WHEREAS, "Domestic Violence Awareness Month" is being sponsored locally by Women Against Abuse and, through their sponsorship, they are encouraging everyone to help to increase the awareness of domestic violence in our homes and communities and decrease its negative impact on Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, Each year the Philadelphia Police Department responds to more than 100,000 domestic-related calls and domestic violence is not just a local problem but a national issue where every minute 24 people are victims of physical violence, rape or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States - more than 12 million people over the course of a year and resulting in the loss of life of more than three individuals each day; and

WHEREAS, Founded in 1976, the mission of Women Against Abuse is to provide quality and compassionate services, in a manner that fosters self-respect and independence in persons experiencing intimate partner violence and to lead the struggle to end domestic violence through advocacy and community education; and

WHEREAS, 1 in 3 teens in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, so Women Against Abuse has developed a teen dating violence prevention program called SAFER(r) (Safety Awareness For Every Relationship) in order to address the prevalence of teen dating violence in all communities and support local schools who are leading the way in preparing their students to pursue healthy relationships; and

WHEREAS, Women Against Abuse, in partnership with Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Lutheran Settlement House's Bilingual Domestic Violence Program and Women In Transition, the Philadelphia Domestic Violence Collaborative, provides a comprehensive continuum of services to survivors of domestic violence and their families in Philadelphia, which includes safe housing, legal aid, counseling, medical advocacy and behavio...

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