The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) is a statewide collaborative membership organization committed to ending intimate partner violence and all forms of violence against women.
Founded in 1976, PCADV is the oldest statewide domestic violence coalition in the nation. Each year, its network of 60 local domestic violence programs provide free and confidential direct services to nearly 90,000 victims and survivors of domestic violence and their children in all 67 counties of the Commonwealth. Together, local programs and the statewide Coalition work in collaboration to deliver a continuum of services, support, and systems to help victims and survivors find safety, obtain justice, and build lives free of abuse.
Our Principles of Unity
The delegation of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence recognizes that the struggle of each battered and abused person we serve is related to our individual struggles for personal growth and empowerment.
We are committed to the ideas and practices of a supportive, collegial atmosphere in all aspects of our programs, which foster open communications, respect, and cooperation among all members of the Coalition.
We are advocates helping others overcome the oppressions we all face, including, but not limited to, sexism, racism, homophobia, xenophobia, genderism, classism, ableism, and ageism. We recognize the divisive power these oppressions hold over us, but understand the Coalition is strongest when we understand and appreciate our personal backgrounds and cultures.
We encourage and work for the participation of all people who pursue our goals for social justice. We seek long-term solutions that address the root causes of violence against women and intimate partners.
We recognize that all people have power. We strive to help one another recognize that power within ourselves while affirming that we will not use our power to divide us.