End Gun Violence Now

Gun Reform in PA

The issue of gun violence and safety is complicated and needs a multi-pronged set of solutions requiring bi-partisanship. All parties must come to the table with an open mind. Doing nothing because it’s complicated, or you’re adverse to one element of the package of solutions can no longer be our answer. We must compromise and act on many fronts to make a difference and begin to turn this crisis around. There are no easy solutions, but the tide is turning in favor of addressing the issue.

Gun Violence Grants

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) has awarded millions to projects intended to address and reduce community violence in Philadelphia. Community and anti-gun violence groups are encouraged to apply for the next round of grants which is now open.

$24 million has been set aside in the current state budget for initiatives and organizations that will address systemic and neighborhood failures that are fueling Philadelphia’s gun epidemic.

Interested applicants can access application resources through PCCD’s Gun Violence webpage under the “Grants & Funding” tab.  PCCD is utilizing a single online survey form (via SurveyMonkey) for the initial funding request application.  An informational webinar will also be hosted on September 14, at 11 a.m.  for interested applicants.

The window to apply is open now through Friday, October 15, 2021.  Awards will be announced at the December 1, 2021 School Safety and Security Committee meeting, with projects slated to begin January 1, 2022.

Philadelphia organizations who have already been awarded grant funding from PCCD include:

The 100 Black Men of Philadelphia Region — $225,000 to support the implementation of community outreach programs in Greater Philadelphia. Organization proposes using grant funding to enhance its existing portfolio of youth-focused programming, including providing weekly enriching mentoring programs in a new space to give young people a safe place to have fun and participate in a developmental mentoring program. The organization will also utilize funding to host weekly mentoring activities in Germantown, North Philly, West Philly, Southwest and South Philly, with a focus on engaging low-income black and brown families.

The Anti-Drug & Alcohol Crusaders, Inc. — $225,000, to support the implementation of a school-based program to provide evidence-based violence prevention education and alternative activities to youth and case management to families in West, South and Southwest Philadelphia. 

The Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia (AVP) — $225,000 to provide trauma-informed approaches to support gun violence victims/survivors and their family, friends, and loved ones in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods hardest hit by gun violence. AVP’s Counseling Center, which currently has a waiting list of more than 200 people, would hire an additional full-time Outpatient Therapist trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidence-based psychotherapy treatment, train its other four Outpatient Therapists in EMDR, and purchase EMDR equipment. 

Blackwell Culture Alliance Inc. — $68,175.00 to expand its current programming and support efforts to connect, engage, and enhance relationships with youth and adults ages 8 to 34, especially people of color and people living in/near poverty. An estimated 100 participants will take part in weekly open mic “Music Against Gun Violence at the Soundboard. The organization plans to hold a weekly “The Community Table”, budgeting as part of the open mic “Music Against Gun Violence at the Soundboard.”  The purpose of The Community Table is to hold a space for conversations about what is happening in the community; what is going on in the lives of the participants and identifying options, resources, and solutions.  

Caring People Alliance — $220,826 to support 33 months of programming for teens and their families living in communities facing high reports of gun violence. This proposal will open the doors of the Teen Program in the R.W. Brown Boys & Girls Club for extended evening hours. 

The Center for Families and Relationships — $225,000 to implement a program that will provide evidence-based trauma services and workshops to those impacted by gun violence in the 19124 and surrounding zip codes to help prevent intergenerational trauma. In addition, the group plans to offer trainings to community organizations in how to engage families, especially those who have experienced trauma. 

Committed Community Mentors (CCM) $224,800 to support expansion of its Safe Space Initiative. The objective of the initiative is to provide a safe space, community wellness, business development, physical activities, transformative mentoring, restorative conferencing, and artistic experiences, within a Trauma-informed Care environment, for the North Central Philadelphia youth and families the organization serves. 

The Community of Compassion CDC, Inc. — $225,000 to launch its “S.T.O.P.” Anti-Violence Program and utilize the Community of Care Violence Prevention Model, a faith-based, multi-agency approach to mapping and deploying community resources and responses, including faith-based intervention, education, counseling and law enforcement resources. Proposed activities include after-school programming, behavioral/mental health group facilitation, and culturally responsive mentoring. 

The Sayre Health Center — $219,886 to support the implementation of a community center in Cobbs Creek. In partnership with the Restorative City Initiative and Life Outside the Streets, the Center will offer training for members of the West Philadelphia community in restorative justice circles. The Center will partner with Sayre High School to train staff and students in restorative justice circles. In addition, funding will enhance the Center’s existing business incubator program by providing support, funding, mentorship, and training to at least 30 entrepreneurs over the course of two years. 

Frontline Dads Inc. — $225,000 to support and implement a program aimed to reduce the levels of violence in the targeted zip codes and increase the number young Black men engaging and connecting to prosocial development, employment, and entrepreneurial opportunities and supports. The funds will support several consultants, including a Program Coordinator, Case Manager and Outreach Worker, as well as equipment such as laptops. 

EMIR Healing Center — $225,000 to expand its services to provide targeted support to young men who have been affected by homicide.  EMIR Healing Center plans to hire a Program Coordinator specifically to address men and men’s issues related to homicide and domestic violence, particularly gun violence. 

The Greater Philadelphia YMCA (GPY) — $223,520 to support the implementation of Gun Violence Prevention Initiatives at three YMCA branches in underserved areas of Philadelphia. Grant funding would support monthly two-hour sessions on Saturdays or Sundays featuring discussion of specific life-threatening situations, gaining life skills, and deliverables focused on creative expression. The goal is to create a cohort of 15-25 participants who can engage in a safe, supportive space and connect with community-based experts and resources. 

Holy Ghost Revival Center at the Met, Inc. –$224,939 to enhance its Collective Support Group, which supports gun violence victims/survivors in North Central Philly and their family, friends, and loved ones, as well as an Express Urself U.C.R.C. Exceptional Program that promotes intellectual, social, and emotional growth and skill building among youth. Grant funding would support the purchase of additional response equipment, an expansion location with room to provide service to participants, and the provision of enhanced and tailored supports. 

Institute for the Development of African American Youth — $225,000 for a new Philadelphia Gaming Initiative, a community-based collaborative between IDAAY, Action for Justice Collaborative, and New Journey CDC that incorporates competitive gaming/e-sport as a diversionary strategy coupled with supportive services (e.g., life/social skills development, psychoeducational counseling, restorative justice programming, community engagement, career exploration, STEAM, etc.) to improve outcomes for the target population. 

THINK Instead operating under The Learning Station Academy CDC — $225,000 to support the implementation of “Where’s Daryl?”, an educational gun violence program targeting youth ages 13-17. Funds will support the training costs and materials for “Where’s Daryl?” curriculum, two Program Specialists, a Trauma-Informed Outreach Worker, six Peer Specialists and an administrative assistant. 

Mighty Writers — $225,000 to support current and expanding writing workshops for students, both in-person and virtually.  All workshops are aimed at improving literacy skills and increasing mindfulness so that our youth can make good decisions and achieve success.  Funds will support the cost of four middle school and four high school workshop leaders, program supplies including Chromebooks, field trips, college campus trips, public transit passes, books, writing materials, snacks and associated expenses. 

Mothers In Charge — $224,997 to expand its community focused violence prevention intervention education (PIE) program, which includes four key initiatives: Anger Management Program, Grief Support, Community Educational Outreach, and Operation LIPSTICK, a national program providing educational sessions for women to prevent straw purchasing of guns. 

Muslims for Humanity CDC — $95,000 to support the implementation of a community outreach program “Game Chargers.”. Funds will support the training cost of the outreach workers, mentors and violence interrupters; cover the cost of several consultants ($5,000) travel and transportation costs. 

NoMo Foundation –$224,045 to support the implementation of community outreach programs to reduce gun violence in Philadelphia. Funds will support the hiring and promotion of part-time to full-time case managers, equipment such as laptops and phones for community engagement and recruitment. 

The P.S. 14 Foundation — $100,000 to support the implementation of the Diversion Influencer Initiative (DII) within the Francisville neighborhood of Philadelphia. Over 24 months, local youth ages 18-29 will be paired with local organizations in a workforce development program. Influencers will develop professional skills in areas of community-based work while creating social media content. Influencers will highlight gun violence alternatives to their peers and followers, while gaining an apprentice experience. Content creators will earn a $100 weekly stipend and host organizations will receive micro-grants per youth supervised. 

Mural Arts Philadelphia — $160,000 to support the expansion of its current pilot program to provide support, training, and art-based skill-building for recently incarcerated women in the Philadelphia area. Funds will support teaching artists and mural arts program staff, equipment for use in workshops and in creation of artworks and supplies for workshops, trainings, and creation of artworks. The grant will also provide consultants to guide and run job-readiness and other skill-building trainings, travel costs and other support items such a work-ready wardrobe, hygiene assistance, childcare assistance, and other items to be determined by the needs of the participants. 

Philadelphia Youth Basketball, Inc. (PYB) — $50,000 to implement a future cohort of “I Am Because We Are” program, which serves young men ages 15-18, most with histories of gun violence involvement.  The grant will support the cost of PYB’s Coach-Mentors and specific members of the Corporate Staff team involved as well as other associated costs. 

Rock to the Future — $87,000 to expand after school services in Kensington, Germantown, and Hunting Park to serve at least 50 additional teens. Funds will be used to provide additional conflict resolution and restorative practices training for all program team members, to hire two additional music instructors and one support team member, provide additional hours for existing Site Directors, Ready for the Future Instructors, and Music Instructors, and additional dedicated time for a Youth and Family Coordinator for community outreach and partnership building. 

Somerset Academy Inc. — $224,724 to support a program engaging youth between the ages of 14 and 24 – especially young Black males – experiencing a disconnect from school and/or employment who are at risk of juvenile justice system involvement. Using the Breakdance model successful in reducing gang activity, the organization will create safe zones for young people, giving them spaces for self-expression, matching them with mentors, and will also provide supports focused on their academic, social, and emotional growth. Selection of participants will be modeled after the Youth Violence Reduction Partnership. 

Temple University Hospital, Inc. –$196,130 to support the implementation of a hospital-based workforce development program for gun violence survivors residing in North Philadelphia. in partnership with the city’s workforce development hub (Philadelphia Works), Temple would launch a new “Healing Through Work” program targeting individuals between the ages of 18 and 30 who have been treated for gunshot injuries and who reside in North Philly. The program would provide timely and relevant career resources by hiring a full-time Workforce Development Specialist/Mentor (ideally an individual with lived experience who has experience finding employment for individuals with criminal histories and limited work histories) who would enroll participants in the program, increasing employability, linking them to job resources, and providing ongoing mentorship. 

The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) — $225,000 to implement community-designed strategies to increase availability of safe routes and transportation options for students, positively engage with students and the community, and deter violence and criminal activity by hiring Safe Passage staff. Proposed initiative will take place in four targeted schools: Lincoln High School, Roxborough High School, Motivation High School, and Sayre High School. Funds will support SDP personnel for grant program management, monitoring and fiscal support and their benefits, training costs, supplies and operating expenses along with Philadelphia Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Network, who will supply outreach workers and school corridor monitors. 

YOACAP — $82,500 to expand a portfolio of gun violence prevention efforts, which center on youth workforce development, by conducting outreach through trusted messengers to connect young people and adults to violence prevention resources and programs. In the proposed project, YOACAP, a program partner of the Urban Affairs Coalition, is seeking funding to train barbers to talk with customers about violence in their neighborhoods and gather information about potential rivalries or hotspots. YOACAP will partner with other organizations that have intensive programs for at-risk youth and adults and refer individuals to those programs. Barbers will also share resources and information with customers about workforce development programs, access to benefits, health resources, internet access, and more. 

The Youth Art & Self-empowerment Project (YASP) — $225,000 to build the leadership of currently and formerly incarcerated youth to take control of their futures. YASP supports young people to turn their lives around — preempting them from returning to gun violence or picking up a gun to begin with. The program provides intensive mentorship and support to youth being held on gun charges inside Philadelphia adult jails; for youth and families navigating their cases; for those reentering; and with Healing Futures, in a post-warrant, pre-charge capacity. 

Youth Empowerment for Advancement Hangout (YEAH) — $225,000 to support the rapid growth and implementation of violence prevention and intervention programming in West and Southwest Philadelphia. Funds will support the training and hiring cost of advocates, case managers, and therapists; cover the cost of employee benefits; supplies and operating; consultants; equipment; and travel. 

Gov. Tom Wolf Signs Executive Order on Gun Violence

August 16, 2019: Governor Tom Wolf signs an executive order to make sweeping changes to executive branch agencies and programs to better target the public health crisis of gun violence. The executive order is the result of months of work by Governor Wolf and his administration to focus on substantive steps that can be taken to reduce gun violence and make communities safer. 


News

City & State Leaders Join Philadelphians in Demanding Safety From Gun Violence

City & State Leaders Join Philadelphians in Demanding Safety From Gun Violence

PHILADELPHIA − February 26, 2021 – District Attorney Larry Krasner on Friday joined Mayor Jim Kenney, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, Senator Sharif Street and other state and local leaders to demand action to reduce and prevent gun violence. Officials were joined by community-based anti-violence organizers and area residents at Olney Transportation Center, the site of a mass shooting on February 17th in which eight people ranging in age from 17 to 71 were shot. All are expected to recover. The Philadelphia Police and District Attorney’s Office (DAO) continue to seek information from the public that could lead to the identification and arrest of three males believed to be responsible for the shooting.   Pennsylvania has among...

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Here’s a list of resources to include when reporting on gun violence in Philly

Here’s a list of resources to include when reporting on gun violence in Philly

Have one to add? Let us know.

An 11-year-old boy was shot and killed Monday morning in his Overbrook home. Tragically, he has company in his heartbreaking fate.

So far in 2019, nearly 100 children have suffered gunshot wounds in Philadelphia. In the last four weeks alone, at least seven kids have been shot. Including this week’s victim in West Philly, five of them died. The other children’s names were Leslie Woodson, Nikolette Rivera, Damaya Alcindor and Maxilla Alcindor.

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Moms rally against guns in Philadelphia

Moms rally against guns in Philadelphia

Responding to mass shootings, honoring victims, and demanding “common-sense gun reform," volunteers and supporters with the Pennsylvania chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Everytown for Gun Safety gathered Sunday at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral in University City.

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Democratic Officials in Pennsylvania Push for New Gun Control Measures

Democratic Officials in Pennsylvania Push for New Gun Control Measures

In Pennsylvania, more than two dozen government officials, including Democratic Governor Tom Wolf, called on the Republican-led state Legislature to enact new gun control measures, after a gunman in Philadelphia shot and injured six police officers. This is Pennsylvania state Senator Sharif Street. Sen. Sharif Street: “We in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have not done everything we’re supposed to do. We are derelict in our duties. And it is because the majority caucus is afraid of the NRA. They refuse to call a vote on this legislation. They are derelict in their duties."

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Sen. Street Offers Legislation to Restrict Military-Grade Weapons

Sen. Street Offers Legislation to Restrict Military-Grade Weapons

State Sen. Sharif Street (D-N. Phila.) joined Mayor Jim Kenney, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, Congressman Dwight Evans and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross along with a host of elected officials from every level of government to condemn the inaction of State and federal leaders in the wake of chronic gun violence and mass murder, prefaced by the largest mass shooting of Philadelphia law enforcement in recent history. Six police officers were shot, and dozens more held at bay for hours by a single armed assailant with an assault weapon.

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Senator Street Explains his Position on Gun Control on the Dom Giordano Program

Senator Street Explains his Position on Gun Control on the Dom Giordano Program

Dom started the show by talking about Wednesday’s shootout in the Nicetown-Tioga section of Philadelphia and the response he received following yesterday’s interview with FOP President John McNesby. Yesterday afternoon, a press conference was held that featured Philly Mayor Jim Kenney, Commissioner Richard Ross, and local lawmakers including State Senator Sharif Street. Street joins Dom, to explain his position on gun control after yesterday’s press conference, in which he said that lawmakers in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania are derelict in their duties because the majority caucus is afraid of the NRA. Street explains to Dom his position in strengthening gun laws and answers hard questions from Dom about the shooting on Wednesday, and...

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Senator Street Offers Legislation to Restrict Military Grade Weapons in wake of Philadelphia Shooting 

Senator Street Offers Legislation to Restrict Military Grade Weapons in wake of Philadelphia Shooting 

Philadelphia, PA − August 15, 2019 – Senator Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia), today joined Philadelphia Mayor Ji Kenney, Senator Bob Casey, Congressman Evans and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Ross along with a host of elected officials from every level of government to condemn the inaction of state and federal leaders in the wake of chronic gun violence and mass murder, prefaced by the largest mass shooting of Philadelphia law enforcement in recent history.  Six police officers were shot, and dozens more held at bay for hours by a single armed assailant with an assault weapon.                   

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Legislation

Senate Bill 483 – Lost and stolen guns

This legislation that will would require lost or stolen firearms be reported to local law enforcement authorities within 24 hours.

With a number of mass shootings and countless cases of gun violence happening across the country, it has raised awareness of loopholes in gun laws. Illegal firearms proliferation, and violent crime associated with it, continues to plague residents across the United States as demonstrated by the scores of deaths ranging from police officers and innocent bystanders to the victims of domestic abuse.

Requiring lost or stolen firearms be reported to local law enforcement authorities would help to limit the availability of illegally obtained weapons, and ultimately make our communities safer.

Restrictions on the Sale and Purchase of Military Grade Weapons and Accessories

In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to put restrictions on the sale and purchase of military grade weapons and accessories.

According to Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a military grade weapon is defined as having the capacity to release a large amount of ammunition in a short amount of time all while the user keeps complete control of the weapon. Accessories to these weapons are added with the purpose of causing additional harm to the proposed target in a manner more efficient than before. Military grade ammunition can also be easily purchased, including body armor piercing bullets which are colloquially called “cop killers” on the streets. These accessories and others were made for no purpose other than taking the life of another human being.

Senate Bill 138 – Safe Storage of Firearms

Millions of children live in homes with easily accessible firearms. A 2018 study found that 4.6 million minors in the U.S. live in homes with at least one loaded, unlocked firearm. In fact, most children know where their parents keep their guns — even if their parents think otherwise.

From 2005 to 2014, roughly 20,000 American minors were killed or seriously injured in accidental shootings; the majority of those killed in these tragic accidents were aged 12 or younger. Child access prevention (CAP) laws are an important tool for reducing these preventable shootings. Twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia have enacted child access prevention laws – Pennsylvania isn’t one of them.

Senate Bill 90 – Extreme Risk Protection Orders

This legislation that will add Pennsylvania to the growing list of states that utilize Extreme Risk Protection Orders. This life-saving policy can help protect our communities from mass shootings, firearm suicides and other acts of gun violence.

An Extreme Risk Protection Order (“ERPO”) provides a mechanism for law enforcement and loved ones to request a Court order to temporarily restrict an individual’s access to firearms when they clearly present a danger to themselves and others. All requests for an ERPO must be based on the observations and safety concerns of local police officers, family members or other loved ones, all of whom are seeking the Court’s help with the goal of preventing firearm tragedies.

Senate Bill 88 – Universal Background Checks for Firearms

This legislation eliminates most of the exceptions to the requirement of a background check prior to the purchase or transfer of a firearm. The close familial transfer exception to the background check requirements would remain under this legislation. Senate Bill 209 was the product of continuing work on this issue with various stakeholders.

Currently, the Crimes Code requires firearm sales be conducted in front of a licensed importer, manufacturer, dealer, or county sheriff. However, this provision is only applicable to short-barreled firearms. Long barrel firearms, such as semi-automatic rifles, are not currently subject to these restrictions. This legislation would remove this applicability provision and require all firearm sales, regardless of the barrel length, be conducted in front of a licensed importer, manufacturer, dealer, or county sheriff.

Senate Bill 254 – Assault Weapons Ban

This legislation would enact an assault weapons ban in Pennsylvania. This bill would mirror language that is very similar to what was enacted in Connecticut after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which is considered to be some of the toughest in the nation.

Under Pennsylvania law, both assault weapons and high-capacity magazines are legal. There was a federal ban on these types of weapons nationwide which began in 1994. However, the Federal Assault Weapons Ban expired in 2004 and the sunset provision was never renewed. For the 10 years that the injunction was in effect, it was illegal to manufacture the assault weapons for use by private citizens. The law also set a limit on high-capacity magazines – these could now carry no more than 10 bullets. However, any weapon or magazine that was manufactured before the law went into effect in 1994 was perfectly legal to own or resell.

Community Solutions

On Sunday, July 14, 2019, Senator Sharif Street partnered with Mr. Darryl Shuler of the organization Put It Down in hosting a community summit to discuss the ongoing epidemic of gun violence in Philadelphia.

Held at the The Met located at 858 N. Broad Street in North Philadelphia, several community leaders, state officials, and hundreds of citizens from different neighborhoods of Philadelphia joined together to formulate solutions to a problem that has seemingly become a way of life for some members of the community.

The tone of the meeting was set by members of clergy who opened the program. After a Welcome by Senator Street, Darryl Shuler lead a discussion of Community Voices, where key community members from all walks of life presented on what they believe needed to be addressed.

Then the floor was open to the public. 36 community members rose to have their voices heard, and their comments can be found here. From input by these community members, we recorded 35 suggested “Community Solutions” which are listed below.

    01

    Improve communication and conflict resolution skills

    02

    Encourage honest communication between generations

    03

    Increase funding to prevent the influx of guns into our communities

    04

    Collaborate with local businesses to employ the youth

    05

    Teach love and respect

    06

    Be a “foot soldier” – do your part to help your neighborhood

    07

    Elected officials need to walk the streets themselves to see what is happening in their communities

    08

    Be proactive and take the initiative to strengthen the family

    09

    End the stigma around “snitching”

    10

    Implement gas stations jobs (similar to New Jersey)

    11

    Create regulations to reduce the ease of buying bullets

    12

    Increase funding for after-school programs to keep children busy and engaged

    13

    Establish mentorship programs for returning citizens and formerly incarcerated people

    14

    Never forget the power of unity and community

    15

    Encourage collaboration between community organizations to ensure the most efficient use of resources and to ensure the greatest number of youths are being helped

    16

    Increase funding for mental health services

    17

    Teach financial literacy

    18

    “Men carry children” – men must take more responsibility to be active participants of their children’s lives

    19

    Value life

    20

    Treat our children like V.I.P.s

    21

    Stop family separations (Resolution No. 190346)

    22

    Increase funding for job training and trade schools

    23

    Improve community and police relations

    13

    Bring formerly incarcerated citizens to speak to our youth in the schools

    25

    Mandate youth programs in the public schools

    26

    Work with other cities to find creative solutions to the violence

    27

    Remember that each of us are a model to the youth

    28

    Include trauma-based programs in schools

    29

    Promote literacy to prepare youth for their futures

    30

    Add more direct support for at-risk youth in the schools

    31

    Create a youth to youth mentoring program

    32

    Solutions start in the home

    33

    Work on addressing the divide within our communities

    34

    Be honest about and stand up against media bias regarding violence in our communities

    35

    Create city run programs led by returning citizens

    Philly Gun Violence Resource List

    This list was compiled by WHYY’s Billy Penn and is released for public use by other media organizations or anyone else.
    Have a resource you think we should add? Let us know.

    To discuss or report a violent crime

    • Philadelphia Mobile Emergency Team: (215) 685-6440
    • West/Southwest Victim Services Program: (215) 748-7780
    • Center City Crime Victim Services: 215-665-9680
    • Northeast Victim Services: (215) 332-3888
    • Northwest Victim Services: (215) 438-4410
    • Victim Services of South Philadelphia: (215) 551-3360
    • East Division Crime Victim Services (Concilio and Congreso): (215) 426-4810

    For survivors and their loved ones

    The federal Victims of Crime Act mandates that certain services are available to people who’ve personally suffered a violent crime, or those who have lost a loved one that way. There are victims services organizations all over the city that can help distribute these resources — from counseling services to legal help to reimbursement of funeral costs.

    A Drexel violence intervention program, Healing Hurt People offers free case management support for people who’ve experienced a traumatic event — including resources like health care, housing, food and advocacy at school. There’s also a mobile therapy program and peer support for fellow young adults who survived violence.

    After a violent crime, the city’s Office of Violence Prevention deploys community crisis intervention teams, who help neighbors and assist police in their investigation. The OVP also doles out grants to community anti-violence programs.

    The Network of Neighbors Responding to Violence is a network of community members trained to support—and lead—responses to stress, trauma, loss, and violence within their own communities.

    Pennsylvania’s Crime Victim Compensation Program (VCAP) provides refunds for counseling services to victims, witnesses and close family members. The state picks up the tab, including insurance co-pays, or part of the full bill if no insurance.

    Victims and witnesses 60 years of age or older can reach out to CARIE, the Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly, which has a victim advocacy program that provides free consulting, court accompaniment, education regarding victim rights. It will also repair external doors, windows and locks to secure victimized seniors in their homes at no charge.

    Statewide nonprofit Pennsylvania Health Law Project offers free legal services via its VOCA (Victim of Crime Act) Program, helping people injured by gun violence (or other crimes) get health insurance via Medicaid to treat physical and mental injuries.

    For families

    • AVP’s hotline for families of murder victims: (215) 686-8033
    • Mothers in Charge: (215) 228-1718

    Mothers in Charge is a national organization founded in Philadelphia by Dorothy Johnson-Speight, who lost her son to gun violence. This group of impassioned mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters and loved ones can help you take steps to cope with tragedy.

    EMIR Healing Center was founded by a grieving parent to provide support after community trauma. After a violent crime, members will visit a block, school or individual person to offer healing services. You can also reach out for domestic violence resources.

    Based in Fairhill, Operation Save Our City supports to the families of victims of violent crime. Founder Rosalind Pichardo helps arrange public demonstrations and vigils to generate attention for cold cases.

    For kids

    YEAH offers after-school programming in West Philly, including targeted instruction to help kids learn peer mediation and conflict resolution skills. There’s also a free food bank

    Run by Juwan Bennett and headquartered at Temple University, the Urban Youth Leadership Academy matches middle school students with college-aged and early-career mentors who help them complete a service project.

    The Uplift Center for Grieving Children offers in-school grief support groups — plus services for children and their caregivers at six locations in the city: East Falls, West Philly, South Philly, the lower Northeast, Center City and North Philly (Lenfest Center).

    For resources around suicide

    MBK Cares runs regular community events out of Cobbs Creek recreation center. They’ll welcome you into an existing network of support, helping you find counseling and cope with hardships like bullying.

    The Donovan Williams Memorial Foundation is the place to go if you’d like to find a supportive community rooted in sports. The runs a basketball league to promote sportsmanship, foster social skills and educate youth on suicide prevention.

    The city’s Suicide Prevention Task Force operates five regular support groups all over the city for people who have lost a loved one to suicide.

    For resources around domestic/intimate partner violence

    Fishtown’s Lutheran Settlement House is designed to support survivors of domestic violence in any way they might need — with counseling services and programs for seniors, caregivers and people experiencing homelessness.

    Congreso offers bilingual education and services for people who are dealing with domestic violence. The goal: to increase awareness and prevent domestic violence, and to connect survivors to resources.

    Women Against Abuse boasts tons of wraparound services, from counseling to housing to legal help and programs for LGBTQ people experiencing intimate partner violence.

    More counseling services

    The Anti-Violence partnership offers many services. There’s a counseling center, plus resources for kids, victims of intra-family homicide, and people whose family members have been murdered.

    Cost is often a roadblock to folks obtaining mental health services. Luckily, Philly offers a ton of free or affordable options. Check this list for various options.