Because young women ages 16 to 24 experience the highest rates of violence at the hands of someone they know, the White House has produced a new PSA on dating violence for Vice President Joe Biden's 1 is 2 Many campaign.
The PSA features President Obama, Biden and some famous men from sports talking to young men about how to treat women. It will air this summer on ESPN Networks, Fox Sports Networks, the MLB Network and the NFL Network.
Comforting Gift Warms Our Hearts
A big thank-you to Hershey Lodge for donating 1,000 comforters to PCADV. They will be distributed to our 60 programs around the state for use in emergency shelters and transitional housing. Often victims come to our shelters with nothing more than the clothes they are wearing. Thanks, Hershey Lodge, for helping our programs provide a warm welcome to these victims
Candlelight Vigils, Purple Ribbon Displays, Concerts
To Highlight Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an annual campaign that was begun in October 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence to connect battered-women's advocates who were working to end violence against women and children.
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and its 60 member organizations, serving domestic violence victims in all 67 counties, have scheduled a series of special events this month as part of the national Domestic Violence Awareness campaign. Find events in your county
Photo: Jeannine Lisitski, Executive Director, Women Against Abuse, at their DVAM kickoff event - iPledge campaign - in Philadelphia's Love Park.
A Call to Men
Ted Bunch of A Call to Men visits York's YWCA program on Sept. 24, challenging men to take a more active role in reducing domestic violence in their communities. A Call to Men is a New York-based nonprofit agency that teaches men and boys to develop loving and respectful attitudes toward women. Bunch met with Dee Baker, PCADV's Fund Development Director.
Watch Ted Bunch on the Katie Couric show, when he joins Mariska Hargitay and other cast members of Law & Order Special Victims Unit and Peter Hermann to discuss men, domestic violence and sexual assault, and the No More campaign. Hargitay and Hermann founded the Joyful Heart foundation
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence commends the U.S. House of Representatives for voting February 28th, by 286 votes - 138 votes, to reauthorize the more inclusive and stronger Violence Against Women Act version already approved by the U.S. Senate. Read More
Gov. Corbett Proposes More Funding For Services
Gov. Corbett visited the YWCA of Harrisburg on March 29 to talk with advocates about his proposal to increase state funding for services for domestic violence victims.
Ordinance forces victims to choose between help and homelessness
PCADV filed an amicus brief on May 31 in Briggs v. Norristown. Ms. Briggs' federal lawsuit challenges the Norristown nuisance ordinance that forced her into eviction proceedings after police were repeatedly called to her home. Peg Dierkers, PCADV Executive Director, explained, "We are fighting this ordinance in Pennsylvania to protect victims in our state…We hope our work helps to end these harmful ordinances across the nation." 22 other agencies supported the brief. Read more
PA Says NO MORE
At a recent press conference in Harrisburg, Peg Dierkers (right), executive director of PCADV, and Delilah Rumburg, chief executive officer of PCAR, launched a new statewide initiative – PA Says NO MORE – to raise public awareness and reduce domestic violence and sexual assault in our communities.
Too Common – Yet Preventable
The headlines would be shocking enough if they had been culled from multiple cities over several days or weeks. However, they all appeared the same day – Aug. 15, 2013 – in just one city, Pittsburgh, and in just one newspaper, The Post Gazette:
- "Boyfriend Arrested in Woman's Etna Strangling Death"
- "Hearing Postponed for Pitt Researcher Accused in Wife's Cyanide Death"
- "Fired Moon Police Officer Accused of Assaulting Wife Ordered to Anger Management Classes"
- Domestic Violence: Too Common - Yet Preventable
Read more of PCADV Executive Director Peg Dierker's article in the October issue of La Voz Latina Central, October 2013, p. 121.03 Meg | 10/8/2013
All Too Common, Domestic Violence is Still Preventable
Read the PennLive.com OpEd by Peg Dierkers, PCADV's Executive Director.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns Urges Congress to Pass Manchin-Toomey To Close Background Check Loopholes
Almost one year ago, on October 21, 2012, Zina Daniel was tracked down and murdered by her estranged husband. After years of abuse, Zina obtained a restraining order that blocked him from buying a gun at a dealer. Instead, he found a private online seller and bought a gun without a background check. At Zina's place of work — a spa in Brookfield, WI — he killed her, two of her coworkers and injured 4 others.
PCADV Legal Director Ellen Kramer opened a yearlong celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) with a speech at Villanova University School of Law's conference on Commercial Sexual Exploitation.
PCADV has partnered with Pennsylvania's eight law schools to hold events throughout the next year that highlight VAWA's landmark achievements in protecting victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.
The next event will be a conference on Protection of Native American Women in VAWA 2013 at the University of Pennsylvania Law School on Feb. 17-21, 2014.
Administration Seeks Hotline Funding
Vice President Joe Biden recognized Lynn Rosenthal, the White House's adviser on Violence Against Women, at the National Domestic Violence Hotline office in Austin, TX, where Biden called for more federal funding for the hotline. The Obama Administration had asked for $4.5 million to fully fund the hotline but has only been able to get $3.2 million, and sequestration has further cut that amount to $2.9 million. Meanwhile, the hotline answered 265,000 calls last year, but more than 50,000 calls still went unanswered.
"Victims are finding safety and protection... and abusers are being held accountable," says Ellen Kramer, PCADV Legal Director. Watch the Video
Tweet NO MORE on Nov. 24
That is the day before the 53rd anniversary of the deaths of the Mirabal sisters – Patria, Maria and Antonia -- Dominican political dissidents. Their brutal assassinations prompted the United Nations to designate November 25 as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
“The Mirabel sisters represent the struggle against violence hundreds of thousands of women, men and children face each year,” Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape CEO Delilah Rumburg said. “Through the NO MORE campaign, we are uniting our communities to take a stand against sexual and domestic violence.”
Join PCADV and PCAR in a social media event to raise awareness and reduce domestic violence and sexual assault. Post the message “NO MORE,’’ accompanied with the hashtag #pasaysnomore, to your Twitter accounts on Nov. 24.
- Read the Full Press Release1.24 Meg | 11/15/2013
"Revenge Porn" Victimizes Pennsylvania Women
“Revenge Porn,” where men send explicit pictures of their “exes” to websites, feels like "emotional terrorism" to victims. The practice is not against the law in many states, including Pennsylvania, at least for now. PCADV's Legal Director, Ellen Kramer, talked to a WNEP16 (Scranton) reporter about efforts to make it illegal. Victims say that restoring their trust, reputations and even livelihoods will be an uphill fight. WNEP16 coverage
PCADV Executive Director Dierkers Urges Senate to Protect Domestic Violence Victims
Dierkers today urged state senators to drop a controversial amendment and pass a bill protecting domestic violence victims from home eviction that has already been approved unanimously by the House.
“With only four session days remaining before the November election, I am urging the Senate to lead by example and stand up for Pennsylvania women,’’ Dierkers said. The proposed legislation would prevent municipalities from adopting so-called “nuisance ordinances,’’ which require landlords to evict tenants who contact emergency services multiple times in a short period of time – typically, three times in twelve months.
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How Do We Stop Domestic Violence Before It Starts?
Zoe Flowers, Director of Prevention for PCADV, explains, “Prevention focuses a lot with work with young people, because it focuses on preventing violence before it starts.” Read the article at Cumberlink.com
$2,300+ raised so far! We need YOU!
Donate now! You can help us transform lives in Pennsylvania by winning the Pennsylvania Purple Purse Challenge!
How to get involved?
- Become a Team member by clicking here
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- Share the Challenge on your social network
We are excited to let you know that we're part of an amazing campaign called The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge. The Challenge runs through October 3rd and the non-profit that raises the most for their cause during that timeframe will get a grand prize of $100,000 from Allstate Foundation. To win would mean so much to our cause so we are out to make it happen.
Read Allstate Foundation's press release on PCADV's Purple Purse participation
UPDATE: Ravens Fire Rice After Video Shows Assault
9/9/2014 Video "changes things," says Ravens leadership Read the Baltimore Sun article
Why would Goodell even need to see the new video to take such strong action? Read the Philly.com Opinion by Ronnie Polaneczky with Jeannine Lisitski, executive director of Philadelphia's Women Against Abuse
NPR's Morning Edition 9/10/2014- discussing how media coverage doesn't "ring true" to women/survivors and how twitter and other social media conversations are bringing out voices of real women about their experiences of DV. #whyIstayed #whyIleft
Advocates are urged to attend to work with experienced practitioners and proven tools to assist survivors of domestic violence. Advocate workshops focus on Housing for Domestic Violence Survivors and Teen Dating Violence Prevention.
Allstate Foundation Partners with PCADV
We are pleased to announce the expansion of our partnership with Allstate Foundation to help domestic violence victims gain economic independence and safety. This new grant for $61,200 from Allstate Foundation will enhance PCADV’s Investing in Survivors’ Financial Independence Initiative.
Read more about this innovative partnership
"Revenge Porn" Bill Supported by PCADV Signed by Governor
Provides for criminal arrest and civil damages
Act 115 of 2014 - aka House Bill 2107-Unlawful Dissemination of an Intimate Image makes it a crime to intentionally shame or harass one's current/former intimate partners by the publication of nude or sexual photos or videos. The bill takes effect September 7, 2014.
Read the Penn Live article
Read the analysis
Read PCADV's letter of support
Helping Rural Programs Meet Challenges
Women in rural communities are just as likely to be victims of domestic violence as women in urban areas. And while domestic violence programs everywhere are facing funding cuts, those in rural areas face unique challenges just by virtue of being rural. “A huge problem is trying to get the word out,” said Denise Scotland, who oversees PCADV's Rural Advocacy Task Force. “There just are not easy places to advertise services.” Read more of this article from Observer-Reporter.com
$50,000 Gift from Vice President Biden
Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. renewed his commitment to ending domestic violence by directing the $50,000 contribution from The Pennsylvania Society to PCADV and the Philadelphia-based Women Against Abuse domestic violence program.
- Read the Full Press Release229.29 K | 1/7/2014
New PCADV Shop features artwork and jewelry by survivors, reminders of Hope that we can end domestic violence and prevent it for our children.
- Read the Full Press Release138.66 K | 1/9/2014
The nation’s oldest statewide domestic violence coalition is trying something new with social media.
Informational videos on PCADV's YouTube channel are a public resource for victims of domestic violence. their friends, families and communities.
Watch a 2 1/2-minute YouTube video on how domestic violence victims may obtain a protection-from-abuse court order against an abusive partner.
Starting September 2, you can donate toward Economic Justice for Pennsylvania victims
The Purple Purse symbolizes a ticket to financial independence for a domestic violence victim. Campaigns for Economic Justice such as those Allstate supports are crucial for victims to break away from an abuser, and be able to stay away. Abusers often keep control of their victims by keeping tight control over the family purse strings, sabotaging victims' careers, withholding money and controlling purchases - even of raspberries!
A national fundraising and awareness raising event, the Allstate Purple Purse Challenge benefits local non-profits that help domestic violence victims. Donations made in Pennsylvania will stay in the commonwealth.
First Lady Susan Corbett is Honorary Chair for the Purple Purse Challenge
The Purple Purse Challenge is a national month-long fundraising contest, sponsored by Allstate, to help support victims of domestic violence who lack the financial resources to leave their abusive partners. PCADV is among 150 organizations competing for $500,000 in cash that the Allstate Foundation will be giving away.
Valerie Pritchett, news anchor with ABC27 in Harrisburg, has agreed to be PCADV’s media sponsor and voice of challenge. Read the ABC27 article
The month-long contest runs from Sept. 2 to Oct. 3. Read PCADV's press release
Your donation helps PCADV earn funds that will be used to help domestic violence victims and their families to repair credit, receive needed training and education, open a savings account and find sustainable employment.
Thank You, Commissioner Goodell
PCADV commends NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on his decision to enhance the NFL's policies on domestic violence.
"Thank you, Commissioner Goodell, for sending a clear signal to your players, employees and owners, and most important, to society, that domestic violence will not be tolerated in the National Football League. We all make mistakes, but a good leader learns from his mistakes and uses that knowledge to make wiser decisions. Your strict new penalties for domestic violence offenders will help save lives and keep families safer. We invite you to join #acalltomen by visiting www.pasaysnomore.com and signing the pledge to end domestic violence and sexual assault."
-- Peg J. Dierkers, executive director, PCADV
In July, Ms. Dierkers published an OpEd on PennLIve in which she was "heartened by the vociferous public backlash against Goodell's (earlier lenient) verdict, especially from men...men must play a leadership role."
Saturday, October 6th, 9 a.m.
South Middleton Township Park
Calling All High School Journalists!
Give Your Classmates the Scoop on Teen Dating Violence and Compete for Prizes.
In honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, PCADV is holding its second annual "In Your Own Words" competition for high school journalists.
They can win computer hardware and software for their school, and be entered in a drawing for an iPad for themselves, by writing an article for their school newspaper or producing a short video for their school´s media outlet on the subject of teen dating violence.
Because entries must be published or aired at schools this month, time is running out! Download the attached form for more information on how to enter the competition.
- In Your Own Words1.31 Meg | 2/11/2013
PCADV Joins the Combined Federal Campaign
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) is proud to announce that we have been selected to be a part of the 2012 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).
The U.S. government-sponsored CFC is the world's largest and most prestigious workplace fundraising drive.
The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy by providing federal employees with an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those in need.
PCADV Receives Check from WAWA
Maria Macaluso, Executive Director of Women's Center of Montgomery County and Beth Sturman, Executive Director of Laurel House, Montgomery County, accepted a check for $60,136.23 on behalf of all the southeastern domestic violence programs that share in the proceeds. The event was held on August 25, 2011 at the Wawa Easton, PA store # 89 to celebrate the 35Th anniversary. Wawa's contribution to PCADV was raised through in-store donations by customers and community associates throughout Pennsylvania during the second quarter of 2011.
PCADV thanks Wawa and its customers and community partners for their generous contribution to the cause of preventing domestic violence and providing its victims and their children in Pennsylvania with safe refuge and a new start in life.
Walmart Associates Award PCADV $100,000
PCADV is honored to be the recipient of a $100,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Walmart Associate Choice Program.
The Walmart Foundation announced the award in August after tallying the votes of thousands of Walmart associates across the state who chose PCADV from among the five Pennsylvania nonprofits nominated for the 2010 grant. The Foundation sponsors the Associate Choice Program each year in all 50 states.
PCADV is deeply grateful to the good and generous people at Walmart for recognizing the importance of the work we do to reduce and prevent domestic violence, and for helping us move forward in our efforts to build safer, stronger communities.
FISA Foundation Funds PCADV´s Prevention Efforts
PCADV is pleased to announce that the FISA Foundation has awarded a $30,000 grant to the Coalition for an innovative Primary Prevention Initiative in southwestern Pennsylvania.
"These grant funds will enable us to lead community-wide discussions and strategies to engage schools, parents and community leaders as active prevention partners," PCADV Executive Director Peg Dierkers said. "Through awareness education and concerted community action, we can prevent domestic violence against women and girls."
The mission of the FISA Foundation is to build a culture of respect and improve the quality of life for three populations in southwestern Pennsylvania: women, girls and people with disabilities. For 100 years, FISA has been led by women and has focused on responding to unmet community needs.
PCADV Releases 2012 Fatality Report
- 2012 Fatality Report
Read the report here.3.15 Meg | 5/24/2013
- 2012 Fatalities - Summaries by County183.42 K | 4/18/2013posted on May 24, 2013
Congratulations to the winners of PCADV’s 2nd annual “In Your Own Words” Competition to promote awareness and prevention of teen dating violence (TDV).
These high school students won prizes for their school by researching TDV and educating their peers about it through videos and school newspaper articles. PCADV received 42 impressive entries from 106 students at 17 schools around the state.
- 2012 Fatalities - Summaries by County