Recognizing the Impact of Domestic Violence on Children

Research shows that exposure to violence, especially during childhood, adolescence and young adulthood can significantly increase the likelihood of serious physical, emotional, and behavioral health problems.

Prolonged exposure to violence during childhood often results in long-term impacts experienced into adulthood. PCADV’s Healing Child Witnesses Initiative is meant to effectuate better outcomes for children exposed to or experiencing domestic violence. The goal of this initiative is to provide domestic violence advocates, as well as agencies that come into contact with children, with trainings, tools and resources on trauma-informed services and best practices for providing services to child victims.

Child Protective Service Law

Webinar Understanding Background Check Requirements

The Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) requires all paid employees who are responsible for the welfare of a child or who have direct contact with children to obtain the Pa. Child Abuse History Clearance, Pa. State Police Criminal Background Check, and a fingerprint-based federal background check. NOTE: per a July 2015 change to the law, volunteer fees are now waived and employee fees are now $8.

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PCADV offers trauma-informed care training for professionals caring for victims of domestic violence.

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