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AWP Advocates Celebrate the House Passage of the 2019 Violence Against Women Act

DOYLESTOWN – Staff and board members from Bucks County’s domestic violence organization A Woman’s Place (AWP) were on hand in Washington D.C. yesterday to witness an important milestone – the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The VAWA extension bill passed the house with a bi-partisan vote 263-158. The bill, which funds domestic…
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Love Shouldn’t Hurt (Teen Dating Violence Month Series)

“What do you think is the biggest issue facing teens dating today?” “Can you identify the warning signs and red flags of potential teen dating violence?” These are some of the questions on the evaluation form for A Woman’s Place Teen Dating Violence education program. A Woman’s Place offers these programs at middle and high…
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Remembering MCA

By Allan Kupersmith, AWP Development Intern This May 4 marked six years since Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys died of salivary cancer. Six years might seem like a weird time for a retrospective piece. However, in addition to his music, Yauch’s place as an advocate, and ally is worth revisiting. Yauch was an important…
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Separating the Art from the Artist

By Allan Kupersmith, AWP Development Intern Whether it’s film, TV, books, or music, audiences are often confronted by artists who are in some ways troublesome. This can range from having “un-PC” lyrical or literary content to being an abusive criminal. For many years, viewers would shrug off their hero’s less than reputable actions by saying…
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Imagining a World Without Domestic Violence

It’s often said in nonprofit circles that the ultimate goal of any nonprofit organization should be to eliminate the need to exist. Food pantries hope there is no more hunger, homelessness agencies hope everyone has a home, so it follows that the goal of A Woman’s Place should be to end domestic violence in Bucks…
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The Holiday Season

The holiday season is back! And it’s crazy, fast, and rushed; multiple weeks with too many calories and not enough free time to complete your tasks. Many of us are warmed and thrilled by the sound of holiday carols and the decorations coming back after months of hibernation. Many of us spoil ourselves with treats…
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Once a Week, Once in a Lifetime

When I first set foot in the AWP Emergency Shelter in mid-June this past summer, I did not know what to expect. What would I be doing there? Would the clients like me? Would I enjoy this opportunity? And as I have been a volunteer there for almost five months now, I realize, with such…
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Lessons From My First Week

I’m new here. My title is “manager of corporate and foundation relations,” but all that really means is that my job is to tell a compelling story to businesses and foundations about the work we do. This is what I do for a living in the nonprofit world: I’m a story teller. I know the…
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Family Matters

While we sit around the dinner table and I look back and forth between my moms, I remember how it was hard to understand, as a kid, that it was okay to have a different family.  I used to think that something was missing, that there was something wrong because I didn’t have a father. …
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Finding Father’s Day

Granddad died when I was quite young. When I was 20-something, my dad once remarked how much he missed talking with him. He wished he could still seek granddad’s advice, benefit from his experience. Dad passed a few years ago also, so I now understand that occasional yearning for paternal wisdom all too well. Not…
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