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PCADV unveils new mobile app to educate parents on teen dating issues

raising respect PCADV unveils new mobile app to educate parents on teen dating issues

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence has launched a new mobile app designed to give parents of teens and preteens advice on how to best discuss topics around communication and relationships.

The Raising Respect app, available on both Apple and Android devices, navigates topics such as: Healthy Relationships, Mindful Parenting, Sex and Pregnancy, Drugs, Alcohol, and Relationships, Relationships in Media, Gender and Sexual Orientation, Communication, Social Media and Cellphones, Self-care for Parents, Self-care for Adolescents.

It includes articles written by professionals in the field of domestic violence and prevention and includes tips on how to approach conversations with your teen on certain topics. It allows users to be notified when new articles are published in the app. You can also send questions to PCADV staff, and record your thoughts, impressions, reactions, successes, and failures within the app.

The app is designed to encourage parents to begin conversations with their children before they start dating and forming relationships outside the home and help parents navigate what can be delicate topics.

“Without open lines of communication, it can be difficult for parents to know what their sons or daughters are experiencing in their relationships,” PCADV Deputy Director Ellen Kramer said. “This app will not only prepare parents to discuss sensitive subjects such as physical violence and sexual abuse, but it can help build the foundation for enjoying a lifetime of healthy relationships.”

Learn more at www.raisingrespectapp.org. Raising Respect was developed through a grant from the Heinz Foundation.

PCADV to honor community activist and father of domestic violence victim

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A community activist, who became a passionate advocate against domestic violence following the tragic loss of his daughter, will receive the Excellence in Male Leadership Award from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) during a ceremony before the Philadelphia Phillies game on Saturday, June 17.

William Spratley, who will throw out the first pitch, has spoke at dozens of rallies and community events throughout Philadelphia about the realities and dangers of intimate partner violence.

As part of PCADV’s #FathersDayPledgePA campaign, the Excellence in Male Leadership Award is given annually to a male community leader who demonstrates healthy masculinity, promotes healthy relationships, serves as a positive mentor to boys and young men, and is an ally to those working as advocates against domestic violence or sexual assault. Awards are distributed in the western, eastern, and central regions.

William has participated in the Lutheran Settlement House’s Men Can campaign, an innovative public awareness campaign to engage men in ending domestic violence. He also volunteers as a Community Awareness Representative for the Philadelphia-based nonprofit Women Against Abuse, educating the community on the prevalence of domestic violence and championing calls for change.

In 2014, Women Against Abuse named one of its safe havens “Ameya’s Place” in honor of William’s daughter. Ameya Spratley was stabbed and strangled to death by her boyfriend, Keith Moore, on Jan. 11, 2010. Moore was convicted of murder in 2012 and is serving a life sentence. “Ameya’s Place” - a tribute to the precious women, mothers, sisters and daughters who have been lost to domestic violence – is also a beacon of hope and safety to 600 women and children each year.

In addition to his accomplishments in the community, William is also raising his three grandsons – Ameya’s sons.

Williamsport police officer Jason Bolt honored with Central PA Excellence in Male Leadership award

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The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence will present Williamsport detective Jason Bolt with the Central PA 2017 Excellence in Male Leadership award before the Sunday, June 11 Harrisburg Senators game at FNB Field as part of its Father’s Day Pledge to End Gender Violence.

The award is given annually to a male community leader who demonstrates healthy masculinity, promotes healthy relationships, serves as a positive mentor to boys and young men, and is an ally to those working as advocates against domestic violence or sexual assault. Awards are distributed in the western, eastern, and central regions.

Agent Bolt, the father of two young boys, served for nine years as a school resource officer in the Williamsport Area School District where he was a role model for students and a positive male influence in the community.

Most recently, Agent Bolt spoke as a panelist on the topics of masculinity, stereotypes, and sexual violence on a community forum held by the Williamsport domestic violence shelter and support center Wise Options to raise awareness for April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

“Agent Bolt’s leadership qualities and actions both as a law enforcement member and father demonstrate how deserving he is of this award,” said Greg Conrad, Senior Vice President and Regional Banking Executive at F.N.B. Corporation, a sponsor of the Father’s Day Pledge. “We hope that people across Pennsylvania will sign the Father’s Day Pledge and join our efforts to create stronger, safer communities for everyone.”

PCADV honors Elizabeth Forward football coach Mike Collodi with Excellence in Male Leadership Award

Mike Collodi 250.jpeg PCADV honors Elizabeth Forward football coach Mike Collodi with Excellence in Male Leadership Award

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) has announced Elizabeth Forward head football coach and South Park High School teacher Mike Collodi as the winner of the 2017 Excellence in Male Leadership Award in the western Pennsylvania region.

The award is given annually to a male community leader who demonstrates healthy masculinity, promotes healthy relationships, serves as a positive mentor to boys and young men, and is an ally to those working as advocates against domestic violence or sexual assault. Awards are distributed in the western, eastern, and central regions.

Mike’s accomplishments include:

• Implementing the Coaching Boys into Men program into the football team during the 2016 season.
• Organizing a fundraising walk for Ovarian Cancer Research.
• Initiating a ‘character day’ for the football team where he invited a Marine to talk about leadership, a college strength coach to discuss the dangers of steroids, a guidance counselor to discuss academics, and a representative from the Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR) to talk about sexual violence.

PCADV and community leaders will honor Mike at a ceremony Sunday evening, May 28, just prior to the Pittsburgh Pirates game at PNC Park against the New York Mets. Mike will also throw out the first pitch.

“In addition to Coaching Boys into Men and other initiatives, Mike routinely helps out his players by taking them to dinner, bringing them food, and donating clothes at his own expense,” the nominating party wrote. “As a coach, Mike has a long-lasting impact on his current and former players. His actions are the epitome of excellent male leadership.”

The Father’s Day Pledge, found at www.pasaysnomore.com, celebrates fathers as role models and calls on men to take a stand against domestic violence and sexual assault. Since 2013, thousands of men and women across Pennsylvania have pledged to end gender violence.

PCADV encourages men to visit the PA Says No More site to sign the Father’s Day Pledge, or follow the campaign on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pcadvorg or Twitter at @PCADVorg.

Advocates send clear message: It’s time to end sexual assault & domestic violence

Advocacy Day 250 Advocates send clear message: It’s time to end sexual assault & domestic violence

Domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and awareness advocates gathered at the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg on Monday for Advocacy Day 2017, speaking with legislators about key legislation to help survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence and providing information to the public about ways we can work to end domestic violence and sexual assault in our communities.

The annual rally organized by PCADV and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) happens in April in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This year’s speakers included Delilah Rumburg, Chief Executive Officer of PCAR, State Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-119), Millersville University Police Chief Peter Anders, State Sen. Tom Killion (R-9), and Ellen Kramer, Deputy Director, Program Services, PCADV.

“We all have a role to play in ending this public health epidemic,” said Ellen Kramer, Deputy Director for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV). “From fully funding domestic violence and rape crisis centers to enacting legislation that holds offenders accountable, to promoting a culture of civic engagement, respect, and safety.”

As part of Advocacy Day, the House passed a resolution, introduced by Rep. Rosemary Brown, designating April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The action conveyed the message that it’s time to bring even more awareness to preventive efforts to stop sexual assault. There are 50 rape crisis centers in Pennsylvania and serve more than 30,000 victims each year. There are also 60 domestic violence centers that serve nearly 90,000 victims yearly.

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

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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.

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