The Pennsylvania Senate today unanimously approved state Sen. Rob Teplitz’s resolution designating the month of October 2015 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Teplitz also encourages individuals to wear purple on Oct. 13 to help raise awareness about domestic violence.
Harrisburg's abc27 and anchor Valerie Pritchett are media sponsors for the second annual Purple Purse Challenge. The Allstate Foundation fundraising challenge supports victims of domestic violence, who often lack the financial resources to leave abusive partners. The purple purse represents a woman's financial prowess and the color of domestic violence awareness. Runs Oct. 1 to Oct. 27, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, donate at our fundraising page.
The circumstances of Stacy Pennington's murder in Mount Gretna last weekend have ignited public debate centered on two main questions:
-Do PFAs protect domestic violence victims?
-Would more restrictive gun laws have helped?
The answers are: yes and yes.
Read Peg Dierker's op-ed on PennLive
Watch the ABC27news spot
Learn about the barriers experienced by Latin@ survivors when accessing mainstream victims’ services and protections from law enforcement as well as how to adapt safety planning and intake screenings to address the needs of Latin@ survivors at the Women's Resource Center Annual Conference in Scranton on September 28.
Acquiring legal representation can be a significant hurdle for impoverished victims who want to get away from batterers but face lengthy divorce or child custody hearings. Lackawanna County commissioners voted to support the Barbara J. Hart Justice Center, which provides comprehensive legal services, also helping victims navigate issues like protection from abuse proceedings, child support and housing problems. Read the article in the Times-Tribune.
Lace Up 4 Lisa to hold Fifth Annual 5K fun run and walk in Boiling Springs. The Oct. 3rd event is aptly scheduled during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In 2011, Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates lost Lisa, a friend and co-worker, due to domestic violence. Every year since, the fundraiser has donated to PCADV and celebrated Lisa's life and dedication to charity fundraising work.
Lace Up 4 List Registration & Website
EDITORIAL: York County needs domestic violence task force. "Coroner Pam Gay said 2015 is expected to be the worst in the last 20 years when it comes to the number of murder-suicides in York County." Read the complete Aug. 3rd editorial in the York Dispatch
PCADV Executive Director Peg J. Dierkers supports continued federal funding for Planned Parenthood. “Domestic violence has significant health implications for women and young people.’’ Dierkers said that family planning clinics play a vital role in screening for physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner, and that Planned Parenthood refers such victims to local domestic violence centers.
National Network to End Domestic Violence Report reveals gaps, highlights successes. In just one 24-hour period, local domestic violence programs across the country provided help and safety to 67,646 adults and children who were victims of domestic violence. Yet there were 10,871 requests for services that could not be met due to a lack of funding.
Effective July 1, 2015, Pennsylvania's Protection From Sexual Violence and Intimidation Act for victims of sexual violence, harassment, stalking, and intimidation gives victims a way to get a court order requiring the abuser to stay away from them. These protection orders apply when the abuser is not a member of the victim's family or household. Victims can petition for an order at the county courthouse or with help from a sexual assault program.
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