Back in June, when my piece on how nuisance property ordinances negatively impacts domestic violence survivors was published on RH Reality Check, I was contacted by Katie Young Wildes, Women Against Abuse’s director of fund development and communications, about the organization’s sixth annual iPledge Press Conference, which took place today at 12 p.m. in Love Park in Center City, Philadelphia—marking the start of Domestic Violence Awareness month (full disclosure: I had sent WAA an email promoting my piece). This year’s conference honors the Philadelphia City Council, which supported the organization in its launch of a second 100-bed emergency safe haven for domestic violence survivors in Philadelphia—also made possible by a $2.5 million Office of Supportive Housing grant. (The shelter is scheduled to open at the end of this year). I’ve included the original text of her email below:
The Women Against Abuse iPledge Campaign is the primary city-wide initiative working to engage the community in speaking out against domestic violence. Launched in 2008, the mission of iPledge is to inform city residents about the ways in which they can have a meaningful impact in shaping attitudes about domestic violence in Philadelphia and ultimately affecting outcomes. iPledge recognizes the importance of bystander intervention as key to overall violence prevention. To date, more than 1,800 individuals have signed a pledge against violence through this campaign.
The annual iPledge Press Conference marks the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Philadelphia. It draws approximately 250 local and state political officials, advocates, and community members; and generates media coverage including ABC6, NBC10, KYW Newsradio 1060, Power99 FM, the Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as student publications on surrounding college campuses.
To learn more about the iPledge campaign, visit: http://www.womenagainstabuse.org/index.php/take-action/ipledge. Talking about the campaign on Twitter? Remember to use the hashtag, #iPledge2013.