The Health Federation of Greater Philadelphia
Programming from the Institute for Safe Families now resides at the Health Federation of Philadelphia.
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Mission, Goals And Values

Mission, Goals And Values


ISF was developed as a Philadelphia non-profit organization whose mission is to prevent family violence and child abuse by strengthening families to create nurturing, healthy environments that promote children's positive development. For over 20 years, ISF served as an incubator for new ideas, development of innovative programming, and convenor of forums for cross-systems dialogue and collaboration aimed at building capacity for more effective prevention and response to all forms of interpersonal violence.

We are pleased to have ISF programming continue through the Health Federation of Philadelphia (HFP) and its Multiplying Connections initiative.

You can reach the Health Federation of Philadelphia main website here and the Multiplying Connections initiative here.


ISF goals focus on steps to implement among child-serving settings evidence-based child abuse/intimate partner violence prevention programs for children, their caregivers, and parents;

  • Advance public policy and advocacy for child abuse and intimate partner violence prevention;
  • Raise public awareness about the devastating consequences of exposure to family violence, and other toxic stressors; and
  • Promote protective factors and reduce risk factors to strengthen the ability of families to promote optimal development for their children.


The ISF vision is a world free from violence against women, men and children, where children grow up in positive and nurturing environments. We believe that:

  • Hurt people hurt people.
  • Deep listening facilitates healing and transformation.
  • Programmatic rigor, excellence and integrity creates quality process and outcomes.
  • Change happens in the context of relationships (individual, community and system) through caring, kindness, generosity and artistic expression.
  • Each member of the family, as well as the community, has a role to play in violence prevention.
  • A commitment to non-violence supports the vision of a peaceful home, community and world