Women Against Abuse Wins $250,000 Lipman Family Prize

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Philadelphia, PA, May 1, 2017 – 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 US. 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 Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania.

“As soon as we read their application,” says 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. 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.”

“Shared Safety’s ability—and further potential—to accelerate change through collaboration is something that really caught our eye,” says Barry Lipman, 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.”

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.

About the 2017 Finalists

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.

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.

Women Against Abuse provides a continuum of care—from telephone crisis counseling to long-term supportive housing—for people experiencing intimate partner violence. The Philadelphia-based organization, founded in the late 1970s by two hospital social workers, is led by Executive Director & President Jeannine Lisitski, PhD.

About the Lipman Family Prize

First awarded in 2012, the Lipman Family Prize at the University of Pennsylvania is an annual global prize that advances creative solutions by inspiring people to think together in new ways. Administered by the Wharton School on behalf of the University of Pennsylvania, the Prize is committed to resourcing and connecting change-makers to bring innovative ideas to new places and problems around the world. Previous winners include iDE, READ Global, Breakthrough, Riders for Health, and Soccer Without Borders.

About the Wharton School

Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. With a broad global community and one of the most published business school faculties, Wharton creates economic and social value around the world. The School has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 9,200 participants in executive education programs annually and a powerful alumni network of 95,000 graduates.