Drawing attention to domestic violence, activists offer support at Philly City Hall

Jeannine Lisitski, executive director of Women Against Abuse, says women are not the only targets of abuse. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Jeannine Lisitski, executive director of Women Against Abuse, says women are not the only targets of abuse. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

An observance in connection with Domestic Violence Awareness Month brought people to City Hall in Philadelphia where they signed a pledge to fight for the victims.

Curbing domestic violence may be highlighted in October, but it has to be a year-round effort, said Mayor Jim Kenney Wednesday.

“Finding a resolution to this problem is vital to the health of our city and the health of our families,” he said. “If we are to create a Philadelphia that works for everyone, all of our residents must have a sense of safety and security. In these current times, we must work together to eradicate the issue.”

Speaking out about abuse at the hands of her partner, Shondra Mobley said it took her a long time to leave.

“For years, I tried to make it work until I was too tired tired — physically, emotionally and tired of being afraid,” she said.

It’s not easy breaking free, but Mobley said help can make it possible.

And women are not the only targets of abuse, said Jeannine Lisitski, executive director of Women Against Abuse.

“It’s time to mobilize our community in the effort to end this public health epidemic.  This impacts one of three women, one in four men, and half of transgender individuals,” she said.

The group stood together and took a pledge to raise their collective voices against domestic violence.

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