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File #: 190755    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 9/26/2019 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 9/26/2019
Title: Declaring October as "Domestic Violence Awareness Month".
Sponsors: Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Blackwell, Council President Clarke, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Taubenberger
Attachments: 1. SignatureCopy19075500


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, Women Against Abuse, in partnership with Congresso 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 behavioral health services; and


WHEREAS, The Philadelphia Domestic Violence Collaborative provides education and training to the community about domestic violence issues and resources and has partnered with the City of Philadelphia to operate the Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline and, in fiscal year 2019, more than 13,000 calls were answered through the Hotline; and


WHEREAS, To ensure a more holistic approach to addressing violence in our community, Women Against Abuse and its sister agencies are partnering with the City Administration’s Office of Domestic Violence Strategies, and over 70 different community stakeholders to implement Shared Safety: Philadelphia’s Response to Relational Violence, a citywide plan to respond to domestic violence in Philadelphia; and


WHEREAS, To support a coordinated community response to domestic violence, the Philadelphia Domestic Violence Collaborative Organizations will hold events throughout the month of October to promote awareness about domestic violence and to build community support so that all Philadelphians will take a stand against violence; now,   therefore, be it


RESOLVED, THAT THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, declares and recognizes October as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month”.


FURTHER RESOLVED, That an Engrossed copy of this resolution be presented to representatives of Women Against Abuse as a sincere expression of City Council’s gratitude, appreciation, and commendation for raising the public’s awareness regarding domestic violence.