Working Together: Your Community Programs and Statewide Coalition
PCADV’s 60 community-based Programs and statewide office are joined in a coalition, acting hand in hand on behalf of domestic violence victims and their children. The community Programs and statewide Coalition form interconnecting links in a chain of services and sup- port so victims can find safety, obtain justice and build new lives free of abuse. Working together, we complement each other’s efforts. And, united as a Coalition, we multiply our influence on policies and laws that affect victims.
- Breaking the generational cycle of violence for children, teens and young adults by changing public attitudes and social norms to create a future in which lives are neither lost to nor limited by domestic violence.
- Ensuring the consistent quality of accessible, effective, free and confidential services to meet the complex needs of victims and their children
- Serve nearly 100,000 women, men and children each year - more than 2.5 million victims since 1976.
- Providing technical assistance and resources to anyone whose professional role is to work directly with victims of domestic violence.
- Work side by side with professionals to ensure they have the latest information, strategies and resources they need to support any victim of domestic violence who turns to them for assistance.
- Training a broad spectrum of professionals to improve response to, and safety and justice for, victims.
- Trained hundreds of thousands of law enforcement officers, judges, prosecutors, probation and parole officers, attorneys, advocates, healthcare providers and government agencies including children and youth, aging and welfare workers.
- Speaking to Pennsylvania´s diversity of need in a clear, collective voice to secure legislative, policy and social change at the state and national levels.
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When victims need protection from abuse:
- Your community Program accompanies them to court, helps them apply for a Protection From Abuse (PFA) Order and assists them in navigating the legal system.
- Your statewide Coalition lobbies the Legislature for improvements to the PFA law and other laws for victims and collaborates with community Programs to make sure these laws are enforced.
When victims need help to escape the violence and begin new lives
- Your community Program provides a hotline, emergency shelter, counseling, legal and medical advocacy, job training and other free and confidential services for victims and their children.
- Your statewide Coalition administers the state contract for domestic violence services, sets standards for those services, distributes state and federal funding to community Programs and seeks other sources of funding to ensure the needs of victims are met throughout the state.
When victims need the intervention of police, prosecutors and judges:
- Your community Program trains these and other professionals about the dangers and obstacles facing domestic violence victims.
- Your statewide Coalition develops the training materials, trains the trainers and partners with state officials to effectively coordinate Pennsylvania’s response to domestic violence.
When victims and their children need a safe and affordable place to live:
- Your community Program offers emergency shelter, long-term transitional housing and assistance in securing permanent housing.
- Your statewide Coalition advocates for housing laws and public housing policies that protect victims and prevent landlords from discriminating against them
When victims need public awareness and understanding of domestic violence:
- Your community Program delivers school-based education and community-wide prevention presentations and serves as an expert source on the dangers and effects of domestic violence for the local media.
- Your statewide Coalition supports research on public attitudes toward domestic violence, designs and distributes public awareness materials and encourages responsible media coverage of domestic violence.