Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland & Perry Counties

aka DVSCP   |   Carlisle, PA   |  www.dvscp.org

Mission

DVSCP supports the empowerment of those who are experiencing domestic violence through the provision of direct services and the promotion of nonviolence through social and systems change.

Ruling year info

1990

Executive Director

Barbara Kohutiak

Main address

PO Box 1039

Carlisle, PA 17013 USA

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EIN

25-1629910

NTEE code info

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Domestic violence is prevalent in every community and affects people, regardless of age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion or nationality. In 2017, 117 people were murdered in domestic-violence related incidents in Pennsylvania. In 2016, DVSCP saw a 15% increase in shelter days and fielded 1,334 hotline calls. The problem is pervasive and the need for local services and advocacy remains high.

Our programs

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Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland & Perry Counties

DVSCP's programs and activities include a 24-hour toll-free hotline, 24-hour emergency shelter and crisis services, legal and systems advocacy, prevention services, continuing education, accompaniment, individual and group counseling, children"s program and a volunteer program. DVSCP works in conjunction with Mid Penn Legal to prepare Protection From Abuse Orders. In cases involving conflict of interest, DVSCP arranges for representation by the Family Law Clinic of Dickinson School of Law or Legal Services, Inc. The agency works closely with the Salvation Army, James Wilson Safe Harbour and Samaritan Fellowship to provide transitional housing, household goods, cash assistance, clothing and other necessities to victims of domestic violence. The agency operates out of three offices - Carlisle, Camp Hill, and New Bloomfield - in order to reach the unserved and underserved populations in all areas. In addition, DVSCP presents, in collaboration with the Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Services, dating violence/date rape prevention and awareness programs, as well as healthy masculinity workshops in local schools and throughout the community.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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DVSCP is the sole provider of safe emergency housing for victims of domestic violence in Cumberland and Perry Counties. The agency wants to remain a valuable resource for children, women and men fleeing violent situations.

DVSCP provides crisis intervention services to victims of domestic violence and their children living in Cumberland and Perry Counties. The agency provides a full array of services, including emergency shelter, safety and goal planning, counseling and advocacy, and referrals to other agencies. The agency’s counselor/advocates assist shelter residents with obtaining legal protection from their abusers in the form of Protection from Abuse Orders (PFAs) or Letters of Warning. In addition, DVSCP offers a batterers’ intervention program.

These services are publicized through an agency website, Facebook page, e-newsletter, outreach fundraising events, press releases, and through referrals from local police, hospitals, human service agencies, and schools.

All services provided by the agency are free and confidential. DVSCP operates a 30-day emergency shelter as well as a 24-hour hotline for victims of domestic violence. The agency partners with Mid Penn Legal Services for assistance with filing PFAs or Letters of Warning. DVSCP also works with several other local organizations for assistance with housing, various referrals, job/skills training, etc.

In 2016, the agency served 1,116 clients, provided shelter to 153 adults and 160 children, and fielded 1,334 Hotline calls. Of the clients in shelter, 92.5% were relocated to safer housing. The agency saw a 15% increase in the number of shelter days and a 29% increase in the number of Hotline calls. Of the calls received, 17% fell into a high risk for lethality category.

DVSCP is always working to maintain or improve the emergency shelter. The agency recently renovated the entire downstairs portion of the Shelter, including a new kitchen. The project also included new flooring and repainting and repairing the dining room, living room, child care room, and lobby. The building is now a much more welcoming place for residents to begin rebuilding their lives.

Financials

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Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland & Perry Counties

Board of directors
as of 7/11/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jodi Bezanilla

Mid Penn Bank

Term: 2018 - 2020


Board co-chair

Deborah Jacobs

Shhippensburg University

Term: 2018 - 2020

Jodi Bezanilla

Mid Penn Bank

Jeanette Diamond

Dickinson College

Deborah Jacobs

Shippensburg University

Diane Markley

Ellen Otto

Steve Crossley

Ashley Stevens Salon

Jan Ekerovich

Karen Longenecker

Daniel Piscioneri

Century 21 Realty

Kelly Wetzel

Perry County Sheriff’s Department

Safronia Perry

Hope Station

Donna VandeMortel