PENNSYLVANIA COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Prevention Intervention Change

aka PCADV   |   Harrisburg, PA   |  http://www.pcadv.org

Mission

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) is a statewide collaborative membership organization committed to ending intimate partner violence and all forms of violence and oppression.

Ruling year info

1977

Chief Executive Officer

Susan Higginbotham MEd

Main address

3605 Vartan Way Suite 101

Harrisburg, PA 17110 USA

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EIN

23-2052886

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Family Services (P40)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Domestic violence is a pervasive and life-threatening crime and public health issue that affects millions of individuals across our nation. More than 1 in 3 women and more than 1 in 4 men in the U.S. have experienced rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence advances a mission to end intimate partner violence and all forms of violence and oppression.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Training and Technical Assistance

Training a broad spectrum of professionals to improve responses to, and safety and justice for, victims of domestic violence. PCADV trains law enforcement officers, judges, prosecutors, probation and parole officers, attorneys, advocates, healthcare providers and government agencies including children and youth, aging and welfare workers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

PCADV manages the contract of all 59 local domestic violence organizations in Pennsylvania and ensures the consistent quality of accessible, effective, free and confidential services to meet the complex needs of victims and their children.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people

Breaking the generational cycle of violence for children, teens and young adults by changing public attitudes and social norms to create a future in which lives are neither lost to nor limited by domestic violence

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Securing legislative, policy and social change at the state and national levels to meet the diverse needs of victims and communities in PA.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people

PCADV has developed a model economic empowerment program based on best practices and proven strategies to assist survivors in gaining sustainable financial independence so that they can build a violence-free life for themselves and their children.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people

PCADV works to ensure accessible, free and confidential services to meet the complex needs of victims and their children.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2019)

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of evaluations conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Contract Monitoring

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Contract and fiscal monitoring of local programs are conducted every three years. About one-third of the 59 programs are monitored each year.

Number of advocacy contacts with government leaders

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Public Policy and Social Change

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Public Policy staff meet regularly with government leaders to stay current and effect change with legislation around domestic violence.

Number of individuals attending community events or trainings

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Prevention

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

7,228 Educational Awareness Activities with 101,432 Participants

Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

7,228 Educational Awareness Activities with 101,432 Participants

Number of organizations accessing technical assistance offerings

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Training and Technical Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

152 PCADV Trainings were held reaching 6,628 Participants 1,312 Completed requests for Technical Assistance 136 Collaborative Meetings in which PCADV Staff Participated 22 DEI Capacity Sessions

Number of community-based organizations providing primary prevention services in violence

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Prevention

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

PCADV and its 59 member programs routinely engage in domestic violence prevention activities.

Number of hours of training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Training and Technical Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

152 PCADV Training with 6,628 participants

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Victims Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of crisis hotline calls answered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Victims Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Victims Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of clients participating in educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

152 PCADV Trainings were held reaching 6,628 Participants 1,312

Total number of classes offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

152 PCADV Trainings were held reaching 6,628 Participants 1,312

Number of bed nights (nights spent in shelter)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

162,520 Adult Shelter Nights, 138,638 Child Shelter Nights

Number of people using homeless shelters per week

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

8,168 total persons in shelter, weekly avg. 157

Hours of legal assistance offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

4,554 Protection from Abuse database technical assistance requests. CLR served a total of 4,134 clients and obtained $88,648 in court-ordered support for survivors.

Number of clients assisted with legal needs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of training events conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence strives to create a collective culture of change that fosters safety, justice and autonomy. While local domestic violence programs offer direct service to those in need, PCADV provides the infrastructure, support, expertise and training to make their work effective. Stronger together, the Coalition provides a collective voice that amplifies many voices.

Cultivating a vision of a society free of domestic violence and working toward that future, PCADV’s programming focuses on three areas: Prevention, Intervention and Change.

PCADV’s programming focuses on three areas: Prevention, Intervention and Change.

PREVENTION: Through its Prevention work, PCADV strives to stop intimate partner violence before it starts. Breaking the generational cycle of violence for children, teens and young adults by changing public attitudes and social norms will create a future in which lives are neither lost to, nor limited by, domestic violence.

INTERVENTION: All victims and survivors of domestic violence should have access to essential, life- saving services to build lives that are financially independent, free of violence, and sustainable. Key intervention programming is available through local agencies and includes Housing, Civil Legal Representation, Lethality Assessment Screening, Medical Advocacy, and Economic Justice.

Housing: Finding safe, affordable housing is crucial to a survivor’s ability to escape an abusive environment and build an independent life. PCADV is committed to supporting member programs in developing new innovative housing initiatives and ensuring that current housing options are working for victims and survivors.

Civil Legal Representation (CLR): Navigating a complex and often unfamiliar legal process is challenging for a survivor and is one of the most common barriers to leaving an abusive relationship. CLR attorneys provide direct legal representation for domestic violence survivors on matters of divorce, custody, support, immigration, housing, and protection from abuse within their county service areas.

Lethality Assessment Program (LAP): The Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) is a nationally recognized, evidence-based initiative with demonstrated success in strengthening partnerships between law enforcement and community-based domestic violence programs. Police officers are trained to identify the warning signs of domestic violence and follow a survivor-centered protocol for assessing potentially lethal situations when responding to domestic violence incidents.

Medical Advocacy Program (MAP): This initiative allows advocates to train medical personnel in a variety of professional settings about both the visible and emotional signs of domestic violence. A screening tool is used with individuals who present with certain symptoms to help identify signs of abuse.

Economic Justice: Financial abuse is present in more than 98% of cases. This initiative helps survivors access education, develop budgeting skills, repair credit, build savings, find affordable housing, and gain meaningful employment with living wages.

CHANGE: As the collective voice of its local domestic violence programs, PCADV is committed to making a lasting impact in the Commonwealth through policy work at the state and federal level. PCADV actively advocates for change and works to block policies that create additional barriers or penalize victims.

Founded in 1976, the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) is the oldest statewide domestic violence coalition in the nation. Each year, its network of 59 community-based programs provides free and confidential services to nearly 90,000 victims of domestic violence and their children in all 67 counties of the Commonwealth. The local programs and Coalition form interconnecting links in a chain of services and support to help victims and survivors find safety, obtain justice, and build lives free of abuse. More than 2.5 million victims and their children have been served by PCADV and its member programs since 1976.

PCADV and its member programs have accomplished much over the years. The following are recent highlights:

March 2018: PCADV was awarded a five-year CDC DELTA Impact Grant to further its ground- breaking Prevention work.

November 2018 – PCADV was awarded VOCA funds to launch the Domestic Violence Housing First project.

January 2019 – PCADV awarded funding from HUD for the Eastern CoC to provide Rapid Rehousing for survivors, renewable annually.

On April 10, 2019, Act 79 went into effect, the most critical and significant expansion of the Protection from Abuse (PFA) Act and the Uniform Firearms Act in nearly a decade.

January 2020 – PCADV awarded funding from HUD for the Western CoC to provide Rapid Rehousing for survivors, renewable annually.

Spring 2020: PCADV completed the development of Coaching Girls Beyond the Game, a companion program for Coaching Boys Into Men. This female athletes curriculum for coaches and adult influencers uses a 12-week playbook to guide discussions that build a healthy self-image and relationship skills.

June 2020: PCADV was awarded a supplemental CDC DELTA grant to test and disseminate messaging that connects intimate partner prevention efforts to health inequities further exacerbated by the COVID-19 public health crisis.

August 2020: PCADV was selected to conduct a housing project in Southwestern Pennsylvania through funding from the National Alliance for Safe Housing to address the increased barriers presented by COVID-19.

August 2020: PCADV was proud to launch the Spanish version of its PA Safe Law site.

December 2020: PCADV was awarded a grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation to continue its frontline response to survivor housing needs during COVID-19 in Southwestern Pennsylvania through 2021. This innovative, regional housing project uses survivor-driven advocacy and resilience funds to bridge the gap between rapid rehousing and unmet needs.

April 2021: PCADV was awarded $6.25 million in ESG-CV funds to support Homelessness Prevention and Emergency Shelter statewide with pass-through funding specific to 23 member programs.

Financials

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Board of directors
as of 8/2/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Vashti Bledsoe

Lutheran Settlement House

Term: 2022 - 2020

Tom Hollerbach

Big Picture Worldwide

Thomas King

Borough of State College

Vashti Bledsoe, Board President

Lutheran Settlement House

Judy Chang, MD

UPMC

Patrick Dougherty

Law Office of Patrick Dougherty

Amy Eusebio

City of Philadelphia

Rhonda Fleming

Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh

Katherine Hamilton

Penn State University - World Campus

Mae Kranz

Transitions of PA

Susan Mathias

Geisinger

Nicole Molinaro

Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh

Ambika Roos

Ad Hoc LLC

Susan Higginbotham, CEO

PCADV

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/02/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/02/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.