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Pennsylvania Domestic Violence Benchbook for Common Pleas Judges
Pennsylvania Domestic Violence Benchbook for Magisterial District Judges
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Are You Being Abused? English and Spanish
Basic information and hotline to find help in Pennsylvania. Suitable for DV Programs, physicians and other helping professionals to make available to their clients. English on one side and Spanish on the other. Full color.
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Stalking - What Every Victim Should Know
Basic information and list of hotlines by Pennsylvania county. Suitable for DV Programs, physicians and other helping professionals to make available to employees and clients. B&W. Space available to stamp local domestic violence program contact information.
- Download this Brochure1.08 Meg | 8/16/2013
Information for Completing the PFA Petition
Applying for a PFA Order can be a confusing and even scary process. This paper is meant to provide a victim of domestic violence who is asking the court for protection with guidance about how to complete a PFA petition.
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The Pennsylvania Protection From Abuse Act: A Guide for Victims of Domestic Violence
Basic information and list of hotlines by county. Suitable for DV Programs, physicians and other helping professionals to make available to employees and clients. Formatted for desktop printing. Full color. Space available to stamp local domestic violence program contact information. PFA brochure available as free download.
- Download this Brochure339.61 K | 12/2/2014
Things to Know if You Want to Move With Your Children
Basic information about Pennsylvania’s child custody law for survivors who may be thinking about moving with children, whether it's across the street, down the block, to another county or state. Note: Getting advice from an attorney is necessary when thinking about moving so survivors can understand how the law will affect their plans.
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Printable version406.28 K | 3/12/2014
Are You Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits?
What is the Social Security disability benefits program? How does the SSA define disability? How do I apply for benefits? What information do I need to apply? Must I reveal counseling or other services I received from the domestic violence program? How does the SSA decide that I am disabled? What happens if my claim is approved? What happens if my claim is denied?
- Download printable version158.42 K | 8/1/2014
Helping Battered Women and Their Children in Rural Communities: A Guide for Family and Friends
Basic information about the special barriers that victims face in rural areas, suggested ways to help possible victims, sources for further reading. Formatted as 26 page booklet. Space available to stamp local domestic violence program contact information. Free download only.
- Download this Brochure1.59 Meg | 8/25/2014
Family and Friends Professional Printer Version
Black & White. Space available to stamp local domestic violence program contact information. Free download only.
- Download this Brochure259.54 K | 8/16/2013
Helping Battered Women and Their Families in Rural Communities: A Guide for Faith Leaders and Religious Communities
Many victims and their families turn to the faith community for guidance and comfort. Developed to help faith leaders recognize and understand domestic violence and guide possible victims. Basic information about the special barriers that victims face in rural areas, suggested ways to help, sources for further reading. 84 page booklet. Space available to stamp local domestic violence program contact information. Free download only.
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Faith Leader Professional Printer Version - B&W
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Helping Battered Women and Their Families in Rural Communities: A Guide for Cosmetologists
Clients often share very personal information with their stylists. Developed to help hair stylists, barbers, nail or tanning salon employees and other cosmetologists recognize and understand domestic violence and guide possible victims. Basic information about the special barriers that victims face in rural areas, suggested ways to help possible victims, sources for further reading. 26 page booklet, Space available to stamp local domestic violence program contact information. Free download only.
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Cosmetologist Professional Printer Version - B&W
- Download this Brochure461.6 K | 4/8/2016
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Public Utility Assistance and Benefit Programs: Advocate's Guide
This Advocate’s Guide provides information about public utility and public benefit programs that may assist survivors cope with the high cost of winter heating and other utility bills. PCADV 12/2014
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Courtroom Evidence: A Resource for the Prosecution of Domestic Violence Cases
Designed in consultation with prosecutors from across Pennsylvania to address important evidentiary issues that are regularly encountered by prosecutors who specialize in domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking cases.
• Relevance of Prior Abuse
• Witness Competency
• Spousal Privilege
• Child Witness Statements
• Social Media Evidence
• Special Evidentiary Concerns in Stalking Cases
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Domestic Violence and Welfare Benefits: Family Violence Option Advocacy Manual
Understanding benefits available through Department of Public Welfare (DPW) may be critical for victims who must figure out how to live independently from the batterer. This 400 page resource provides an overview of TANF (cash assistance), SNAP (food stamps), Medical Assistance, General Assistance, and Child Care with supporting DPW materials. The section on the Family Violence Option (which allows for DPW program waivers) is especially helpful to advocates working with battered women but the entire resource is valuable to any social services agency serving low income individuals. Formatted for professional or desktop printing. NOTE: Revised in 2008, however, some forms and information may have changed. Advocates may contact PCADV for more information.
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Mission-Focused Management & Empowerment Practice: A Handbook for Executive Directors of Domestic Violence Programs
Created for new Executive Directors of domestic violence programs to encourage critical thinking about our work and to illustrate how our work can best be accomplished through mission-focused management, empowerment management and empowerment practice. This handbook is not so much about what we do, but why and how we do it. 76 pages
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Pennsylvania Protection From Abuse Orders: Enforcement for Safety and Accountability
PFA Enforcement is a necessarily collaborative effort. The culmination of over two years of work in six Pennsylvania counties, the manual explores a component of the Project to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders, also known as the PFA Enforcement Project. Each county represented a unique approach to domestic violence, issuance of Protection From Abuse (PFA) orders and enforcement of the orders. Chapters include empirical research, the realities of working with domestic violence victims in Pennsylvania counties, and the promising practices identified by project staff that maintain the focus on victim safety and offender accountability. Aimed at agencies and individuals who understand that piecemeal efforts to prevent, police and punish domestic violence are less effective and potentially more harmful than a coordinated, intersecting chain of responses. Suitable for domestic violence programs, STOP teams, coordinated community response task forces. CD format or 500-page insert, suitable for a 3-ring binder. To order this manual, call 1-800-932-4632
Social Media Considerations for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Centers
This guide from PCADV and Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape is an overview of important social media considerations specifically for domestic violence and sexual assault programs trying to decide whether social media are a fit for their programs. Each agency is different and each agency’s answers will be different. Deciding how, when and why to use social media outreach is a PROCESS that requires consideration at every level of the organization. The big picture questions include:
--How do social media help the center fulfill its mission to help victims and end domestic violence and sexual assault?
--What types of social media serve best to meet the agency’s mission, goals and organizational capacity?
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Traumatic Brain Injury As a Result of Domestic Violence: Information, Screening and Model Practices - Participant's Manual
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) among domestic violence survivors is a particularly prevalent issue in need of immediate and direct attention. When working with domestic violence survivors, medical and other program advocates often encounter compounding issues such as compromised mental health, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and addiction, cognitive or behavioral issues. However, TBI, often called the Silent Epidemic for domestic violence survivors, has been significantly overlooked as a domestic violence survivor injury, with immediate consequences and possibly long-term repercussions. Through key information and encouraging cultural competency, this Participant’s Guide facilitates ways to better equip domestic violence program staff to recognize, understand and respond more effectively to the specific needs of those living with TBI as a result of domestic violence. View this manual in your browser
Traumatic Brain Injury As a Result of Domestic Violence: Information, Screening and Model Practices - Trainer's Manual pdf version. Includes participant's guide key, pre-test, post-test, answer key, handouts and exercises.View this manual in your browser
- TBI Trainer's Toolkit Zip File
Download the Trainer's Guide, Participant's Guide, Appendices, Handouts, Tests and PowerPoint slides as separate pdfs or pptx files.25.13 Meg | 4/18/2013
PCADV's Housing Toolkits for Victim Advocacy
Addressing Discriminatory Housing Barriers for Victims of Domestic Violence
- Toolkit for Advocates
100-page guide to helping victims of domestic violence work through housing barriers. PCADV, Nov. 20152.36 Meg | 11/20/2015
- Toolkit for Attorneys
PCADV, Nov. 20152.63 Meg | 11/20/2015
Addressing Discriminatory Housing Barriers For Victims of Domestic Violence: A Toolkit for AttorneysThis housing toolkit provides information, tips, and referrals for attorneys helping domestic violence survivors to:
- Establish grounds to challenge an actual or threatened eviction
- Obtain or prevent the loss of public housing or assistance
- Institute a federal or state action for damages on behalf of a client
- View the Toolkit2.63 Meg | 11/20/2015
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Crime Victims Compensation Training Curriculum
Intended for use by advocates when working with volunteers and survivors.
- 30-Minute Volunteer Curriculum261.81 K | 2/24/2013
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Elder Abuse Poster Series
Are you or is someone you know being abused?/La violencia domestica no conoce fronteras de edad.
6 different posters in the set (4 women - African American, Asian, Caucasian, Hispanic/Spanish language; and two men - Hispanic/Spanish language and Caucasian) "For free and confidential help, call your local domestic violence program or Area Agency on Aging."
11 x 17 inches. 2 color. Space available to stamp program phone number and contact information.
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- Toolkit for Attorneys