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Executive Director Dierkers Praises Legislators For Shielding Domestic Violence Victims from Eviction

posted on October 16, 2014
NoticeOfEviction150x Executive Director Dierkers Praises Legislators For Shielding Domestic Violence Victims from Eviction

General Assembly approves bill negating “nuisance ordinance" provision
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence Executive Director Peg J. Dierkers today congratulated the General Assembly for approving legislation that will ensure domestic violence victims are not evicted from their residences for calling emergency services multiple times.
“We are grateful to the legislators and coalition partners, who stood up today to protect Pennsylvania families,’’ Dierkers said. “Passage of this important legislation was only possible because of the grassroots support. It is truly something to celebrate during Domestic Violence Awareness Month."

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Gov. and First Lady Corbett, state legislators join Capitol ceremony to honor Pennsylvanians killed in domestic violence

posted on October 14, 2014

“We must help the victims who cannot always help themselves, who are scared and often too afraid to speak up,” Gov. Corbett said. “Today is a solemn day for those who lost their lives to domestic violence. For them, and for their families and friends, we must continue to say NO MORE, to ensure those we’ve lost are never forgotten, and to continue to secure help for those who need it most.”'

Every victim’s name was read aloud during the hour-long ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda -- one of many Pennsylvania events in October to commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Advocates from community-based domestic violence programs participated in the ceremony, representing survivors and victims from 15 counties. State legislators from 10 counties represented their constituents at the ceremony.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month began in 1987 in conjunction with the launch of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s first national toll-free hotline (1-800-799-SAFE) to help domestic violence victims. In 1989 the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month Commemorative Legislation was passed by the U.S. Congress.

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month Events Reflect the Variety and Vitality of Those We Lost
Bowling Tournaments, "Purple Out," Salon Day, Yoga Classes, Twitter Campaign, Men's Rallies, Canine Court Advocate Meet & Greet to Remember Homicide Victims


Oct. 8 – 6pm – Robert Morris University, PFA Journey With Students.
Oct. 10 – 11am-­2pm – Markey Square, Pittsburgh, PURPLE is the new Pink, press conference & awareness event.
Oct. 15 – 11am – YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh, A Week Without Violence.
Oct. 22 – 12:30pm – CCAC Allegheny Campus, Student Service Center, 2nd Floor, Lynn Shiner and “Stabbed in the Heart.”
Oct. 22 – 6pm – UPMC Cumberland Woods Village Theater, Lynn Shiner and “Stabbed in the Heart.”
Oct. 23 – 2:30pm – CCAC North Campus, room 3002, Lynn Shiner and “Stabbed in the Heart.”
Oct. 24 – 7pm – Montour High School, Moon/Montour Purple Out.
Oct. 25 – 6pm – The Royal Place, 2600 Library Road, Pittsburgh, Remember My Name, Be My Voice.
Oct. 30 – 6pm-­10:30pm – Jergel’s Rhythm Grille, Crisis Center North’s First Annual Witches Ball.
Oct. 30 – 6pm-­9pm – Salon Vivace, "FALL...into healthy hair and relationships."

Oct. 17 – Noon – Penn State Beaver, CCN Panel Discussion.
Oct. 17 – 1pm – Penn State Beaver, Meet & Greet with Canine Court Advocate Penny.
Oct. 17 – all day – Penn State Beaver, “Purple Out” on campus. Everyone wear purple.

Oct. 5 – 2pm-­4pm – Grovedale Winery and Riverbarge Brewery, Wyalusing, PA, DV Awareness Month Kick-­Off
Oct. 25 – 8pm – Towanda, PA, Towanda Halloween Parade. Theme this year: “Be Heroic, stand up to DV”, bring your cape, masks will be provided.

Oct. 11 – 8am registration, 9am race – Central Park, 452 Wells Road, Doylestown, PA, Race to Empower 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk.

Oct 16 – 10:30am – Carbon County Annex Building, Jim Thorpe, PA, Presentation of Domestic Violence Awareness Proclamation by Carbon County Commissioners.
Oct. 20 – 11am-­1pm – Lehigh County Community College, Jim Thorpe Campus, Jim Thorpe, PA, Lehigh Carbon Community College Information Table

Throughout October:
Trees in front of Bellefonte Courthouse, domestic violence ribbons.
Businesses throughout Centre County, DVAM baskets displays
Schlow library, Bellefonte Library, Book Mobile, DVAM book & info displays
5 Centre County Food Banks, DVAM Bookmark Distribution
Local Thrift Stores and Bakeries, The Purple Sale Campaign
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, 24/7 Social Media Campaign
Sept. 1-­Oct. 3 – 24/7 – www.crowdrise.com/purplepurse-­wrccentrecounty, The Purple Purse Campaign
Sept. 29-­Oct. 12 – Everyday – Harrison's Wine & Grill, 1221 East College Avenue, State College, PA 16801, Eat, Drink, & Raise Money for Centre County Women’s Resource Center
Oct. 5 – 1pm – White Course Drive parking lot near the PSU entrance on N. Atherton St., Steps 2 Safety
Oct. 7 – 10am – Willowbank Building, Bellefonte, Commissioners Meeting -­ DV Proclamation
Oct. 10 – Mail “Thank You for Helping Us to Create a Safer Community” to county law enforcement, youth agencies, first responders, judges, etc.
Oct. 22 – 12:15pm-­1:30pm – PSU, 404 Main, Commission for Women Panel: WE ARE all responsible
Oct. 29 – 5:30pm – Bellefonte Courthouse Steps, Remember My Name: Honoring DV Victims and First Responders.
Oct. 29 – 5:30pm – Bellefonte Courthouse Lawn, The Clothesline Project.

Oct. 1 – 6:30pm – Triangle Park, Lock Haven, PA, Domestic Violence Awareness Month Vigil
Oct. 4 – 5:30pm – Haywoods on the Green, 35th Anniversary Gala and Auction

Oct. 1 – 4:30pm – Meadville Diamond Park, 4th Annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes.
Oct. 9 – 7pm – Ford Chapel Allegheny College, Domestic Violence Awareness Candlelight Vigil.

Oct. 3 – 8am – YWCA Highmark Room, First Responders Breakfast.
Oct. 7 – 11am-­?2pm – Grand Ballroom of the Radisson, Camp Hill, The Power of Style Fashion Show.
Week of Oct. 13 – Week Without Violence: #Harvest4Hope.
Oct. 15 – 4pm-­6pm – YWCA Greater Harrisburg, Harvest4Hope event.
Oct. 22 – 9am-noon – YWCA Greater Harrisburg, “When the Golden Years Turn Black and Blue.”

Oct. 3 – 7pm – Uniontown High School, Uniontown High School Football Game "Purple Out."

Throughout October: Franklin County Library Branches, DVAM Awareness Exhibits
Oct. 2 – 7pm – Shippensburg University, Orndorff Theater, Stabbed in the Heart: Domestic Violence Speakers
Oct. 7 – 4pm – Shippensburg University, Garden in front of library, Tulip Planting Ceremony
Oct. 7 – 9:45am – Commissioners' Meeting Room, Commissioners' Office Complex, 14 North Main Street, Chambersburg, PA, Commissioner’s DVAM Proclamation Reading
Oct. 8 – All day – Wilson College, Lenfest Commons, Wilson Art Days – WIN Forget Me Know Flowers

Throughout October: McConnellsburg Library, DV Survivor Art Exhibit

Oct. 14 – 6:30pm – Mt. Morris Senior Center, Mt. Morris Lions Club DVAM presentation.

Oct. 8 – 7pm – IHM Center, Marywood University, Empty Place at the Table.
Oct. 20 – noon-­6pm – Keystone College, Empty Place at the Table.

Oct. 9th – Manheim Central High School, Silent Witness Exhibit
Oct. 10- Oct. 14 – San Juan Bautista, 425 S. Duke St., Lancaster, PA, Silent Witness Exhibit
Oct. 15- Oct. 17 – SACA—Tec Centro, 102 Chester St., Lancaster, PA, Silent Witness Exhibit
Oct. 20- Oct. 23 – York Technical Institute, 3050 Hempland Rd., Lancaster, PA, Silent Witness Exhibit
Oct. 24- Oct. 28 – Brightside Opportunities Center, Hershey Ave., Lancaster, PA, Silent Witness Exhibit
Oct. 30- Nov. 2 – Women’s & Babies Hospital, Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA, Silent Witness Exhibit
Nov. 3-­ Nov. 6 – Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA, Silent Witness Exhibit

Oct. 4 – 9am-­3pm – Lebanon Expo Center, Lebanon Women’s Center
Oct. 11 – noon-7pm – QUEST, Harvest Moon Fest benefiting United Way of Lebanon
Oct. 12 – 11am-2pm – Monument Park, Clothesline Project Display
Oct. 24 – all day – Go Purple Day – Say no more to domestic violence by wearing purple. Tweet photos with #GoPurpleLebCo

Oct. 1 – 8am-­9:30am – Hazleton Area High School, Hazleton, PA, Safe Dates Kick Off.
Oct. 2 – 5:30pm-­9pm – Woodlands Skye Bar, Wilkes Barre, PA, Friends of Jane Aiello Fundraiser.
Oct. 10 – 10:30 am-­2:30 pm – Dominican House, Hazleton, PA, Empty Place at the Table.
Oct. 23 – noon-­2pm – Luzerne County Courthouse, Wilkes Barre, PA, Annual Vigil at the Courthouse.
Oct. 25 – 2pm-­4pm – Barnes Martial Arts, Forty Fort, PA, Barnes Marital Arts Self Defense Demonstration and DV Awareness Presentation.
Oct. 31 – 5:30 pm-­7:30 pm – Wilkes Barre Public Square, Wilkes Barre, PA, Trunk or Treat.

Oct. 4 - 5pm - 9pm - Battle of the Bands to support YWCA Options Program, The Cell Block, W. 3rd St., Williamsport
Oct. 20 - 6:15pm - Vigil of Remembrance and Awareness, YWCA Northcentral PA, 815 W. 4th St., Williamsport

Oct. 8 – 6pm – YWCA Bradford, Full Moon Magic: Women’s Empowerment Workshops.
Oct. 23 – 7pm – Bradford Area Public Library, Peace Begins With Me – Student Poster Contest Awards.
Oct. 28 – 6pm – Harriett B. Wick Chapel, Domestic Violence Poetry Contest.

Oct. 9 – 6pm – Courtyard, Monroe County Courthouse, North 7th and Monroe Streets, Stroudsburg PA, 28th Annual Candlelight Vigil.
Oct. 14 – 5:30pm – Coolbaugh Township Municipal Complex, 5500 Memorial Drive, Tobyhanna, PA, Coolbaugh Township Vigil.
Oct. 26 – 8am – Pleasant Valley School District Athletic Stadium, Brodheadsville, PA, Run to End Violence 5K Race/Walk.
Oct. 30 – Domestic Violence and Family Law, hosted by Monroe County Bar Assn., Women’s Resources of Monroe County and PCADV. By invitation only.

Oct. 19 – 8am – Upper Gwynedd Township Park, 5K DASH Against Domestic Violence.

Oct. 23 – 11:30am-­1:30pm – Danville Elks, 40th Anniversary Luncheon

Oct 18. – 100 Men Can: Rally Against Domestic Violence. Lutheran Settlement House
October 30 – ¡Salud: A Celebration of Survivors. Lutheran Settlement House
Oct. 3 – Noon – Love Park, 7th Annual iPledge Campaign Press Conference
Oct. 16 – 9am-­4pm – PA Conference for Women, Empty Place at the Table
Oct. 23 – 3:30pm-­5:30pm – 216 W. Somerset St.. Candlelight Vigil and Mural Unveiling.

Week of Oct. 6 – Mahanoy Valley High School, The Clothesline Project display & An Empty Place at the Table display.
Beginning Oct. 7 ­– Schuylkill Medical Center, (East Norwegian Street) and Schuylkill Medical Center (South Jackson Street), The Empty Place at the Table display.
Week of Oct. 13 – Williams Valley High School, The Clothesline Project display & An Empty Place at the Table display.
Week of Oct. 20 – Schuylkill County Courthouse, The Clothesline Project display.
Week of Oct. 27 – Penn State Schuylkill, The Clothesline Project display & An Empty Place at the Table display.

Oct. 2 – 7pm – Isaacs Auditorium, Seibert Hall, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Title IX Panel Discussion.
Oct. 11 – 9am-­3pm – Empire Beauty School, Shamokin Dam, PA, Empire Beauty School’s National Day of Beauty.
Oct. 26 – noon-­5pm – Best Bowl, Rt. 522 Selinsgrove, PA, Invinci-­Bowl Bowling

Oct. 4 – noon-­4pm – Montrose Green, 1.4 mile walk at noon followed by skit presentations by the Barefoot Followers & guest speakers.

Oct. 7 – 6pm – Hufnagle Park, Lewisburg, PA (Rain Location: The Campus Theatre, Lewisburg, PA) Stop the Hate Rally.
Oct. 27 – 7pm – Union County Public Library, Lewisburg, PA, Public Service Program: Domestic Violence.

Oct. 15 – 6pm cash bar, 7pm dinner – DoubleTree by Hilton Meadow Lands, PA, Peace Begins at Home dinner.
Oct. 18 – 10am – Split Rails Sporting Clays, Split Rails Clay Shoot.
Oct. 26 – 11am – Hilton Southpointe, PA Southern Celebrity "Boo-­tacular" Pageant.
Oct. 27 – 7pm – Union County Public Library, Lewisburg, PA, Public Service Program: Domestic Violence.

Throughout October:
Purple Ribbon Campaign: at least 15,000 purple ribbon cards with information about our services will be distributed to local businesses throughout York County; to request ribbons to display at your business, contact Melissa Bair at 434-­1736 or mbair@ywcayork.org.
Window Displays of Children’s “Hands Are Not For Hitting” Artwork: displays
will be on view at Bell Socialization, Martin Memorial Library, and YTI. “violence is not strength” T-­Shirts have been restocked so get yours today! Free Yoga!: to celebrate our positive sources of strength and develop new methods of healing trauma, local yoga studios will be offering FREE yoga classes to those who bring a DVAM ribbon card or flyer to class.
Oct. 1 – noon – Continental Square, Downtown York, Domestic Violence Awareness Month Kick­Off Event.
Oct. 3 – 5pm – Downtown York, Walk A Mile In Her Shoes & Kick Off Your Heels
After-­Party, see www.ywca.york.org for more information and registration.
Oct. 4-­5 – York Expo Center, Women’s Show Outreach Booth.
Oct. 6-­7 – HACC York, Outreach Table.
Oct. 10 – 7pm-­10:30pm – New Grounds, 284 W. Market Street, “Raise Your Voices” Poetry/Spoken Word Event, a powerful series of poetry and spoken word performances.
Oct. 11 – 9am-­4pm – Empire Beauty School, Day of Beauty Fundraiser for ACCESS-­York, with all proceeds from day benefitting ACCESS-­York.
Oct. 16 – 9am-­4pm – Yorktowne Hotel, Clergy Committee Conference on Domestic
Violence & Faith Communities, contact Kristian Kent at 434-­?1761 or kkent@ywcayork.org for more information or to register.

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