Spring Newsletter 2016: Sexual Assault-Prevention is Possible



April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In preparation, we would like to share a brief history as well as some events happening around the city next month.

In the late 1970s, a campaign called “Take Back the Night” worked against the violence women faced while walking home during nighttime hours. Initially, the female-only protests were meant to share information with communities about sexual assaults that occurred within their borders. By the 1980s, these awareness activities had expanded to include all types of violence against women. And only a few years later, these sexual assault awareness activities expanded to include violence against men, and men began to participate in the programs.

By the late 1980s, the National Coalition Against Sexual Assault was interested in selecting a designated time period in which to promote awareness. After an informal poll of sexual assault coalitions, they decided upon a week in April and established the Sexual Assault Awareness Week.

It was not until April of 2001 that the Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) as we know it was celebrated for the first time.

Now, each year, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) works to coordinate SAAM activities across the country and provides resources to help advocates plan and facilitate programs during the month.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2016’s theme is Prevention is Possible. Please visit www.nsvrc.org/saam to learn more.

Prevention is everyone’s responsibility. See how you can do your part here: http://www.nsvrc.org/sites/default/files/saam_2016_prevention-is-possible.pdf

And in Other News…


We would like to introduce our newest board member, Cicely Brooks. Cicely has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Jacksonville State University. She has her real estate license and currently works for Berkshire Hathaway in Bucks County. Having experienced first hand desperate times, Cicely is very passionate about women’s issues. She is interested in empowering women through public policy and economic development.

Cicely is a member of Calvary Chapel in Philadelphia, serving as a greeter and usher on Sundays.

Cicely will be joining our Board with the goal of helping us to obtain a refuge home. She will also be joining in fundraising and other pursuits. You can contact her at: cbrooks@hazaelhaven.org.

Please join Hazael Haven, Inc. in welcoming a new theatrical production in Philadelphia coming April 8-9. Steel Toe is the premier original production written, directed, and produced by Eyes on You, Inc. telling the story of how domestic violence plays a harsh but hopeful generational butterfly effect on one family. Original music. Intense dialogue. Real people with real problems.

Eyes on You, Inc.

Hurry… tickets are selling fast! Buy them here.

We continue to need your aid to continue with our mission. Here is how you can help!

The Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County, Inc is offering a Domestic Violence Healthcare Conference on Tuesday May 17th, 2016 from 8:00 am-3:00 pm. It’s free and open to all healthcare providers. Continental Breakfast & Buffet Lunch Included. To reserve your seat, please email Blake Cohen bcohen@dapdc.org or call 610-565-6272 ext 3118 by: May 3, 2016.

Volunteer positions available:

• Board Members

• PR/Social Media Specialist

• Fundraising Coordinator

• Program Manager

• Volunteer Coordinator

• Videographer

Other Ways To Support Us: 

  • If you shop online, register with Amazon Smile and choose Hazael Haven as your charity organization. By doing this, Amazon will donate a portion of all proceeds for purchases you make to our organization.
  • We also could not exist without your tax-deductible donations. We are grateful to those who have made donations to us in the past and look forward to your continued support. 
  • Our United Way Donor Choice number is 51351. Please consider making a donation today.

For more information or to learn how you can help, please visit us at http://hazaelhaven.org/ or contact us at hazaelhaven@gmail.com.


Diana Galindo

Creative Writer

Hazael Haven, Inc.

P.O. Box 19204

Philadelphia, PA 19143

P: (267) 291-4558

F: (678) 669-7869





Reason to Give Thanks

During this Thanksgiving season, we decided to express our appreciation for our volunteer coordinator, Danielle Burnside. Danielle has done an excellent job at recruiting and interviewing candidates to join our team. Danielle has found creative ways to make our organization run smoothly, such as revising our volunteer manual, coordinating effective means of communication, and volunteering at our events to bring awareness to domestic violence. Danielle has a skill and passion for organizing, helping people, and the desire to be an entrepreneur.

Danielle recently started her own business as a Professional Organizer, which focuses on creating organizing solutions and helping people implement those solutions in an effort to bring a sense of calm and order to their everyday lives. Whether it is organizing or volunteering, Danielle enjoys helping people and giving back, which is what led her to volunteer with Hazael Haven, Inc.  She also currently volunteers for the Humane Society of the United States and has completed two terms as an AmeriCorps volunteer.  In addition to volunteering, Danielle enjoys learning new things, talking about politics, traveling, and being an avid Philadelphia sports fan.


The Love Misconception


We live in the city of brotherly love, but what does love really mean? We all know that it isn’t quite how Disney portrayed it at the end of Cinderella, when we get to ride off into the sunset with our prince charming. Yet love is not painful, hurtful, distrustful, or violent like many women are lead to believe every day. Between 600,000 and 6 million women are victims of domestic violence each year and some studies suggest that at least 3.3 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually. Domestic violence is not love.

If love is not violent and it is not fairytale- then what is it? We at Hazael Haven believe in God’s definition of love. We believe that “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”( 1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

Love is kind. It is whole. It is fulfilling. It is joyful. One in four women has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime, and we need to stand up for them. We can help them to know they are loved, not like the movies and not with an iron fist, but with real love.

Stand up with us.


(Carlson, Bonnie E. (1984). Children’s observations of interpersonal violence. Pp. 147-167 in A.R. Roberts (Ed.) Battered women and their families (pp. 147-167). NY: Springer. Straus, M.A. (1992). Children as witnesses to marital violence: A risk factor for lifelong problems among a nationally representative sample of American men and women. Report of the Twenty-Third RossRoundtable. Columbus, OH: Ross Laboratories.)

(Rennison, C. (2003, Feb).  Intimate partner violence.  Us. Dpt. of Justice/Office of Justice Programs.  NXJ 197838.
Straus, M. & Gelles, R. (1990).  Physical violence in American families.  New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers.
Tjaden, P., & Thoennes, N. (2000).  Extent, nature, and consequences of intimate partner violence.  National Institute of Justice, NCJ 181867.)

(The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The National Institute of Justice, Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence, July     2000. The Commonwealth Fund, Health Concerns Across a Woman’s Lifespan: 1998 Survey of Women’s Health, 1999)




As humans we are fragile. Our souls can become damaged, bruised, and broken. We pray to God for healing. We pray to become whole again. Our minds and bodies need to be reborn. God answers us.

But what happens after we are healed? We are still never the same. The cracks within the infrastructure of our soul still exist. Our minds paint a picture of ourselves as glass, with tiny lines coursing through what once seemed smooth. How do we move on? How can we exist when we still feel like broken pieces just glued back together?

Hazael Haven won’t give up. Our mission is to help women and children experiencing domestic abuse to feel whole again. We help women and children to heal, to live on. We want these women and children to find contentment and rest in Christ.  Our goal at Hazael Haven is to offer to provide biblical counseling and transition living facilities. Together, we can repaint these broken pieces of our souls to appear as stained glass. We can appear more beautiful for our pain. We can be healed and inspire others with our beauty.

Let us break the evils of domestic violence together.

Help us help these women become unbroken.


City of Brotherly Love, Loves Thy Neighbor

HHBC (correct)

What are you doing this summer? You can help out a good cause and have fun at the same time! Hazael Haven invites you to our Benefit Concert!

Philadelphia (May 4, 2013) – Hazael Haven will host a benefit concert this summer, July 13th, to fund their pilot project. Artists include: Stephen the Levite, Leah Smith, Tragic Hero, Melissa T, Monielle,  and house band The Lunch Box Kids.

The concert will take place at the Rotunda in Philadelphia from 8pm-10pm. Doors will open at 7pm and tickets will be sold for $10.

The benefit concert will help fund their pilot project which  will house families up until 6 months before transitioning to independent living.

Hazael Haven is a new nonprofit organization dedicated to ending domestic violence in Philadelphia. Their primary mission is to provide women and children with housing, individual/family biblical counseling, support groups, safety planning, legal aid, education, employment assistance, and referrals to resources in the community.

So mark your calendars and we will see you there!

Our Newsletter is here!

The link below will take you to our April newsletter!

Information can be found regarding the response to Hazael Haven, upcoming events, new programs, and positions that still need to be filled.

Our April Newsletter!

Welcome to Hazael Haven!

Every woman and every child deserves a safe haven from domestic abuse.

That is our mission here at Hazael Haven. This blog will be a center for news, events, resources, and other relevant information concerning domestic violence in Philadelphia. We are glad you are here!

Stay tuned for more information!