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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find the domestic violence shelter closest to me?

PCADV has a network of 59 local domestic violence programs serving all 67 of the Commonwealth. Some programs serve more than one county. Every program offers crisis counseling and safety planning. Use our Find Help tool to find the local program closest to you as well as the services they offer.

What state and federal legislation is PCADV supporting/opposing?

New legislation is introduced daily. Some bills move swiftly and are signed into law, others never make it out of their assigned committee. To learn more about PCADV’s legislative and public policy agenda and current action alerts, visit our policy center.

How I do share my story as a survivor to empower others?

Sharing your personal story of survival can be difficult and empowering. It can take a long time before you are ready to do that publicly, if ever. If you are interested in sharing your own personal story, please use our secure form to submit your story. Our Public Affairs team will respond to discuss opportunities with which you may be comfortable.

I am currently experiencing or have experienced domestic violence. How do I get legal help?

Eighteen of our local domestic violence programs have affiliated Civil Legal Representation sites. You must currently be a client of the affiliated domestic violence program to receive legal services. Use our Find Help tool to find the CLR site nearest you.

You can also get legal information about domestic violence and other civil legal matters through PA Safe Law, which is a unique program of PCADV, made possible with funding through the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). PA Safe Law provides access to a network of experienced attorneys as well civil legal information and resources. PA Safe Law attorneys do not represent clients. To learn more, visit

I’m interested in helping change lives in Pennsylvania. How do I get a job with PCADV?

PCADV publicly posts its job opportunities, as well as opportunities at its local programs, on its Job Board.

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