A Woman’s Place (AWP) is proudly celebrating its 40th anniversary as Bucks County’s only domestic violence service and prevention organization. AWP provides comprehensive free, private, and confidential service, support, education, outreach, and advocacy to victims of domestic violence, their children, and our community.
Programs in AWP’s The Safe Options Project allow for safety for those in crisis. Direct services provide victims of domestic violence and their children with a 24-hour hotline and First Response Team, an emergency shelter, emotional counseling and relief, legal advocacy and legal options counseling, as well as representation in divorce, custody, and support cases.
Past that point of immediate danger, AWP’s The Empowerment Project prepares clients to lead sustainable lives. Financial empowerment, job training, and self-sufficiency programs enable clients to live independently and support themselves and their families.
Domestic violence is not just a family issues, it’s a community issue. APW’s goal is to educate and change the cultural dynamic to build a society where all individuals are safe in their relationships and can flourish.
Through The Prevention Project, AWP provides community-based domestic violence training, education, outreach, and advocacy. Programs include healthy friendship and dating programs for students in grades 4 - 12, DV trainings for Bucks County healthcare providers and law enforcement, and community outreach to local organizations and faith groups. AWP offers Peace Works summer camp for students in grades kindergarten through 5th grade, and the new Coaching Boys Into Men program empowers coaches to teach young male athletes about healthy relationships, and that violence never equals strength.
AWP’s thrift store, In Full Swing, is located at 225 W. State Street in Doylestown. All clients shop free of charge for themselves and their children, and all community purchases come back to support AWP’s programs. Stop by for some great shopping or to donate your gently used women’s, children, and men’s clothing, shoes, jewelry, and accessories.
With 37 full- and part-time employees, AWP could not accomplish all it does without the help of its dedicated volunteers who give so generously to the organization. AWP’s vibrant volunteer program is always seeking new additions, and we invite you to join us in our work.
AWP will be celebrating its 40th anniversary at the 22nd annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fantasy on April 1 at The Fuge in Warminster. The event includes delectable drinks and dishes, covetable silent and live auction items, a raffle featuring once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences, spirited music and dancing, an effervescent toast, and enough chocolate to satiate even the most discerning sweet tooth.
To make a donation, volunteer, and learn more about how you can help, visit www.awomansplace.org or 215-343-9241. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call 800-220-8116.
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