“As soon as we read their application, there was no doubt in our minds that Women Against Abuse had helped launch an inspiring, inclusive, and innovative approach to ending domestic violence.”

Women Against Abuse has been named as the winner of the 2017 Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize. Chosen from more than 100 applicants around the globe, the organization is Philadelphia’s leading domestic violence service provider and advocacy organization, and one of the largest in the U.S.

Women Against Abuse will receive $250,000 in unrestricted funds. Honorees We Care Solar and Seeding Labs will receive $50,000 each. All three organizations will also receive executive training and support from the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania.

Lipman Family Prize 2017
Women Against Abuse Executive Director and President Jeannine L. Lisitski with Marie and Barry Lipman, W’70, and Mayor Jim Kenney at the 2017 Lipman Family Prize awards ceremony.

“As soon as we read their application,” said Umi Howard, director of the Lipman Family Prize at the University of Pennsylvania, “there was no doubt in our minds that Women Against Abuse had helped launch an inspiring, inclusive, and innovative approach to ending domestic violence.”

Founded in the late 1970s by two hospital social workers, Women Against Abuse provides a continuum of care — from telephone crisis counseling to long-term supportive housing — for people experiencing intimate partner violence.

The organization is being honored with the Lipman Family Prize for its role in pioneering Shared Safety, Philadelphia’s coordinated community response to relational violence — encompassing domestic violence, reproductive coercion and trafficking.

“Shared Safety’s ability — and further potential — to accelerate change through collaboration is something that really caught our eye,” said Barry Lipman, W’70, founder of the Lipman Family Prize. “In a relatively short time, Shared Safety has become a case study in the power of collaboration across issues, ideas and sectors — a model that holds promise not just for Philadelphia, but for cities around the country and the world.”

Listen to a Podcast with Executive Director Jeannine Lisitski

A Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence

Initiated in 2015, Shared Safety brings together dozens of public, private, and nonprofit stakeholders to address domestic violence systemically — via human services, health care, housing support, and trauma-related treatment — rather than relegating it to the criminal justice system alone. Women Against Abuse and Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health are Shared Safety’s “backbone” organizations.

“Women Against Abuse is incredibly honored to be named as the 2017 Lipman Prize winner amidst such amazing organizations,” said Jeannine L. Lisitski, executive director and president of Women Against Abuse. “This recognition underscores the profound impact of relational violence as a major public health and safety crisis that creates vast negative ripple effects throughout our society. It is also a testament to the bravery of tens of thousands of survivors of domestic violence in our community, who had the courage to break free from intergenerational cycles of violence.”

“Women Against Abuse has done absolutely essential work in trying to bring an end to domestic violence,” said Penn President Amy Gutmann. “They have developed a coordinated community response that exemplifies the founding spirit of the Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize. It is an honor to be in a partnership with an organization so deeply committed to the ideal of universal self-respect and independence.”

In addition to the $250,000 financial prize, which is offered to the winner without restrictions, all three Lipman Family Prize honorees gain access to a growing network of changemakers and thought leaders to accelerate cutting-edge change worldwide.

The Prize connects those on the cusp of great change with resources, skills and people-power to expand the impact and influence of their ideas. Benefits include an executive education program, an exclusive opportunity to apply for the Lipman Nonprofit Leadership Scholarship, pro-bono consultation from University faculty and staff, peer learning events, as well as expert- and student-driven research to inform and guide their work.

Learn More about the 2017 Honorees

We Care Solar

We Care Solar makes portable, cost-effective solar suitcases that power critical lighting, mobile communication devices and medical devices in low-resource areas without reliable electricity. The Berkeley-based organization was co-founded in 2010 by Laura Stachel, MD, MPH, who serves as Executive Director.

Listen to a Podcast with Executive Director Laura Stachel

Seeding Labs

Seeding Labs helps talented scientists in developing countries conduct life-changing research by equipping them with the tools, training and connections they need to be on the cutting edge of global discovery. The Boston-based nonprofit was formally launched in 2007 by Nina Dudnik, PhD, who serves as Chief Executive Officer.

Listen to a Podcast with CEO Nina Dudnik

Posted: May 3, 2017

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