File #: 220851    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 10/20/2022 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 10/27/2022
Title: Declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the City of Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Driscoll, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Thomas
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 22085100, 2. Signature22085100


Declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the City of Philadelphia.



WHEREAS, Domestic Violence Awareness Month is being sponsored locally by Women Against Abuse and, through their sponsorship, the organization is 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. 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-- 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 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 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 2022, more than 10,900 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, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, That is hereby declares and recognizes October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the City of Philadelphia.


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.