Philadelphia-based Women Against Abuse, one of the largest domestic violence prevention agencies in the U.S., serves 15,000 individuals each year through direct services, education, outreach and advocacy. The agency also operates the city’s only residential “safe havens,” annually providing shelter for hundreds of victims and their families.
The organization was a natural fit for the Verizon campaign: “Because Voices Have Power,” which encourages the public to submit a message of hope to domestic violence victims and survivors. For every message of hope submitted, Verizon donates $3 to support innovative dating and domestic violence prevention programs. Driven by a powerful call to action by Women Against Abuse and their many community stakeholders, thousands across the Philadelphia region submitted supportive and compelling messages of hope on the organization’s website, WomanAgainstAbuse.org, and via social media, centered on the hashtag #VoiceHavePower.
“We were ecstatic to join other outstanding prevention organizations from across the country to lend our support to this critical public awareness campaign,” said executive director Jeannine Lisitski. “Any effort that helps elevate this issue and drive positive actions deserves to be applauded. There is no better time than now, given the national conversation surrounding domestic violence, to shine a light on this epidemic.”
In recognition of Women Against Abuse’s strong support of Verizon’s #VoicesHavePower national initiative, Verizon donated $20,000 to the organization to help further enhance its programs and services that benefit survivors of domestic abuse, including a new 200-bed facility for families fleeing abusive situations.