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PCADV announces open recruiting for new executive director

In mid-January, following the retirement of Peg Dierkers—who had been at the helm of the organization since 2008 — the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV), welcomed Caroline E. Boyce, CAE, as interim executive director. Boyce is leading the coalition for six to nine months while a search for a permanent executive director is underway.

Concurrently, the PCADV Board of Directors has been working closely with executive recruiting firm, Raffa, which they engaged to lead the search process for a permanent executive director. Raffa is pleased to announce the open recruiting process for an exceptional leader who is committed to social justice and has a passion for serving the needs of victims of domestic violence. Interested and qualified candidates should review the position description and application process.

Lawmakers introduce legislation to strengthen PFA Act, enhance victim and community safety

MAP_Facebook_sml Lawmakers introduce legislation to strengthen PFA Act enhance victim and community safety

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence applauds the efforts of state senators who have recently introduced legislation that will strengthen the Commonwealth’s Protection from Abuse Act and enhance victim and community safety.

The statewide coalition worked closely with Sen. Tom Killion, R-Glen Mills, to draft Senate Bill 501 – the Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Bill – which will go a long way to protect victims of domestic violence, their children, the community, and law enforcement.

The measure:

• Requires convicted abusers/defendants subject to active PFAs to promptly surrender firearms and other weapons.
• Makes it more difficult for abusers to access weapons once they have been turned in by ensuring those weapons were turned over to law enforcement or licensed firearms dealers.
• Requires abusers subject to lifetime gun prohibition to relinquish firearms within 24 hours following a conviction for specified domestic violence crimes.
• Ensures that defendants are notified of their right to show evidence, be represented by an attorney and have witnesses provide testimony at hearings.
• Includes a provision to clarify under what circumstances a defendant can be evicted from the victim’s residence or household.
• Includes a provision that will give the defendant, upon request, a 96-hour continuance to adequately prepare for a final order hearing.

In drafting the legislation, PCADV worked closely with allies and stakeholder groups to ensure a collaborative approach toward a stronger PFA Act that emphasizes victim and community safety.

Three other companion bills were also introduced: Senate Bill 500 (Service of PFA Orders), Sen. Randy Vulakovich; Senate Bill 502 (Extension of PFA Orders), Sen. Tom McGarrigle; and Senate Bill 449 (Tierne’s Law – Risk Assessments), Sen. Camera Bartolotta. The package of legislation was devised after considering the recommendations of the bi-partisan Joint State Government Commission’s staff study on PFAs in Pennsylvania. It aligns with PCADV’s mission of improving the safety of domestic violence victims and the community as a whole.

2016 Fatality Report: 102 victims

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One-hundred and two people were killed last year in domestic violence incidents in Pennsylvania, and 56 percent of the victims were shot, according to the 2106 Fatality Report released today by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

For the sixth straight year, firearms accounted for more than half of all fatalities. There were 56 female victims and 46 male victims, and 37 perpetrator deaths, according to the report. In addition, two police officers died responding to domestic violence incidents.

In the last ten years, more than 1,600 people have died in domestic violence-related incidents in Pennsylvania.

The annual report is compiled through news accounts, police reports, and information received from our 60 community-based programs serving all 67 counties. Included are killings based on the definition of domestic violence in the Protection from Abuse (PFA) Act.

The report does not include unsolved cases, cases where no arrests were made, and child abuse and neglect cases, which are reported to the Department of Human Services.

PCADV Announces Interim Executive Director

CAROLINE BOYCE PCADV Announces Interim Executive Director

In mid-January, the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence welcomed Caroline E. Boyce, CAE, as interim executive director. Boyce will lead the coalition for a period of six to nine months while a search for a permanent executive director is underway.

Boyce is a nationally recognized strategic thinker who provides support and guidance to non-profit organizations, trade associations and professional societies going through transitions such as leadership change, and organizational or operational restructuring. With more than 20 years of experience in non-profit governance, financial, and program management, she works collaboratively with the board and staff during times of transition to position an organization for sustained success.

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While Boyce is at the helm of PCADV during this transitional period, she will focus on analysis and refinement of the Coalition’s internal processes and procedures, preparing the organization for a seamless transition to leadership under a permanent executive director. External-facing roles and responsibilities have been assumed by PCADV’s staff team of directors. The PCADV board of directors has engaged executive recruiting firm Raffa to lead the search process for a permanent executive director.

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