House Bill 12, signed into law April 24, 2016, by Governor Wolf, amends 23 Pa.C.S. § 3301 to create an additional ground for divorce that assumes consent of a party if he/she

  • has been convicted,
  • entered a plea of guilty, nolo contendere (no contest) or
  • was accepted into Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD)

due to committing a personal injury crime— including homicide, assault, kidnapping, and human trafficking— against the other party.
The new law also prohibits the court from requiring counseling over the objection of a party that has a Protection From Abuse (PFA) order against the other party. Counseling is also prohibited if a party to the divorce has been convicted of a personal injury crime or has entered into an ARD program for the crime.

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape organized an Advocacy Day on April 11, 2016 at the East Wing Rotunda of the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg. More than 100 advocates attended the event representing 29 domestic violence and rape crisis programs serving 35 counties. Advocates from across the Commonwealth visited their legislators to hand-deliver NO MORE donuts covered in teal icing. The color and shape of the donut represents the teal “O” in the national NO MORE campaign. The donut boxes held a message for state legislators calling on them to fully fund domestic violence and sexual assault services. Read more on our Public Policy page.

PCADV is accepting workshop proposals for our next conference to be held on Nov. 2-4, 2016, in Lancaster.
This year we are seeking intermediate and advanced level presentations for our audience that reflect our theme: Celebrating the Past & Shaping the Future: PCADV’s 40th Anniversary. Our conference brings together coalition and program staff, volunteers and attorneys.

More information about the conference
How to submit proposals

posted on December 15, 2015

PCADV is Meeting the Changing Needs of Victims with five key priorities — changing attitudes, beliefs and knowledge about domestic violence; reducing domestic violence deaths through the Lethality Assessment Program; increasing the financial independence of survivors; engaging men to say NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault; and successfully advocating for legal protections for victims and children. Donate to support our mission

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