On October 12, 2022, Mayor Kenney and other City officials provided a public update about the City’s response to gun violence. Below are a few key updates for the month of October.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
It’s important that we take time, especially this month, to pledge our continued support for survivors and everyone affected by domestic violence. We all have a role to play in addressing domestic violence, from prevention and enforcement to sharing resources and working together to support survivors.
The Office of Domestic Violence Strategies (ODVS) works to raise awareness, educate the public, and work with City departments and local partners to support anyone affected by domestic violence. ODVS is hosting events throughout the month to educate the public about domestic violence and show support for survivors.
#PaintPhillyPurple on October 20
On October 20, join the City in showing your support for survivors by wearing purple, the color of the movement to end domestic violence. Join us as we “Paint Philly Purple.”
You can also show your support this month by sharing Philadelphia’s domestic violence hotline with your friends, family, and followers: 866-723-3014.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence you can call this hotline any time, day or night, for crisis intervention, safety planning, resources, and referrals. All calls are free, confidential, and anonymous. One more time, that number is 866-723-3014.
Expungement and Pardon Clinic on October 18, 2022
The Office of Reentry Partnerships is hosting an Expungement and Pardon Clinic on October 18 at 10:30 a.m. The clinic will be held at the Office of Reentry Partnerships at 1425 Arch Street on the first floor.
Attendees will be able to speak with a lawyer or supervised law student for free to learn about their options when it comes to their personal legal records.
To learn more about the Clinic, email Khalil Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-683-3387.
MacArthur Foundation Safety & Justice Challenge grantees announced
The Safety & Justice Challenge is designed to develop new and creative approaches to criminal justice reform nationwide, especially for those disproportionately impacted by the legal system. On October 11, 2022, the Office of Criminal Justice (OCJ) announced its grantees for the MacArthur Foundation Safety & Justice Challenge.
OCJ funded 15 organizations at $15,000 each, for a total of $225,000 in distributed funds.
Community Crisis Intervention Program’s evaluation
The first phase evaluation of the Community Crisis Intervention Program (CCIP) is complete. From this evaluation, the program received five recommendations.
The recommendations included:
- Moving forward with an outcome evaluation for the program.
- Using the outcome evaluation to update CCIP’s program model.
- Producing an analysis of their client needs and costs
- Structural and staff suggestions.
Phase 2 is currently in the final design stage and will begin implementation soon. The Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives for Criminal Justice and Public Safety (CJPS) will provide more updates soon.
Two new providers join CCIP
In addition to CJPS’ existing partnership with the Philadelphia Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Network (PAAN), they are contracting with two new providers to join CCIP.
PAAN is one of Philadelphia’s leading non-profits addressing drug abuse and violence among our youth and families. With the leadership of their Executive Director, George Mosee, they have been a vital part of our efforts to address gun violence in Philadelphia.
CCIP’s two new providers are the Institute for the Development of African American Youth (IDAAY) and Eddie’s House.
- Founded in 1991 by S. Archye Leacock and a colleague, IDAAY will focus on youth. They have a longstanding relationship with communities most vulnerable to gun violence and will play a vital role in the West and Southwest of Philadelphia.
- Eddie’s House was founded by two women, Shirley McGinley and Marion Campbell. Their mission is to “empower all those who struggle to be self-supporting.” They will focus on supporting the 18th Police District.
Submit a tip to the Philadelphia Police Department
We need the public’s help to solve crimes and ensure that those responsible for heinous acts of violence face the consequences of their actions. We encourage any resident with information about crimes to report it to 215-686-TIPS. Tips can also be made anonymously.
The City has a standing $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest or conviction of any homicide in the City of Philadelphia. We’re also offering an additional $10,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of someone who fires a weapon within 500 feet of a school, rec center, or library.