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Our History

A private, nonprofit membership organization, PCADV is dedicated to ending domestic violence and helping battered women and their children re-establish physical, social, and economic dignity.

PCADV ensures the availability of effective and appropriate services to victims through training, program development, and monitoring of programs for compliance with federal and state requirements as well as the Coalition's comprehensive program standards.

Creation of a Statewide Network

Since 1976, PCADV's statewide network has grown from nine to 60 community-based domestic violence programs that offer a lifeline to safety in every county of the Commonwealth without regard to age, sex, race, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation/identity, or economic status.

These programs serve nearly 100,000 victims of domestic violence each year - more than 2.5 million since 1976 - through intervention services that are provided free of charge and include 24 hour hotlines, crisis centers, individual and group counseling/support, shelter, assistance in filing PFA petitions, court accompaniment, children's programs, and referrals to other community resources.

Statewide Advocacy

PCADV also works to eliminate the crime of domestic violence through public education and school-based programs as well as training and technical assistance to organizations, communities, and policy-makers.

PCADV advocates on behalf of battered women through the promotion of public policies and the development of legislation that strengthens their legal protections.

PCADV Turns 40: Celebrating the Past and Shaping the Future

Stitches in Time

Stitches in Time

Stitches in Time, a beautiful handmade quilt, was presented to PCADV in commemoration of the Coalition's 30th Anniversary by The Quilting Sisters, Linda M. Thomas and Connie Thomas, (former Director of Administration). The blocks in the center signify the 12 original Coalition programs with the remaining programs listed from top left to bottom right, in order of the dates they became member programs of PCADV.

Around This Table

Around This Table Here It All Began Around This Table

In commemoration of PCADV's 25th anniversary as the nation's first state domestic violence coalition, our Board of Directors commissioned an original poem and oil painting. The poster beautifully combines both, in tribute to our founder, Susan Kelly-Dreiss, as well as to the Coalition's founding members and statewide network of domestic violence programs.

Around This Table is an original poem by Dora E. McQuaid, a survivor, poet, performer, activist and teacher from State College, that honors the pioneering spirit of advocates working to end domestic violence in Pennsylvania.

Here It All Began is an original oil painting by Anne-Marie Ruggeri, an artist from the French village of Bonnieux in Provence, that creates an impressionistic study of Susan Kelly-Dreiss's kitchen table. In l976, Susan and a handful of women gathered around this very table with a vision of reaching out to battered women and their children living in fear in every corner of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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