PCADV Executive Director Peg Dierkers launched the PA Says No More campaign with Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape CEO Delilah Rumburg at a press conference in Harrisburg on September 4.
Before an audience of news media, advocates and survivors, Dierkers said the innovative campaign, based on a national model, will raise public awareness and help prevent domestic violence and sexual assault in our communities.
The press conference also introduced the "No More" symbol - a teal-colored zero that denotes zero tolerance for domestic violence and sexual assault. Join us in saying 'No More!"
PCADV Coalition Members
Set Dozens of Events to Mark
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Jeannine Lisitski, Executive Director of Women Against Abuse in Philadelphia, speaks at a Domestic Violence Awareness Month kick-off event, iPledge campaign in Love Park.
Candlelight vigils, purple ribbon displays and An Empty Place at the Table displays are among the dozens of public events that PCADV coalition members are holding in October to mark national Domestic Violence Awareness Month. A complete, county-by-county list of events is available on the Coalition's website.
The origins of Domestic Violence Awareness Month can be traced back to October 1981, when the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence launched an annual campaign designed to connect battered-women's advocates who were working to end violence against women and children. The first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was held in 1987, the same year that a national toll-free hotline was launched.
A Call to Men
Ted Bunch, of A Call to Men, visited York's YWCA program on September 24, to challenge men to take a more active role in reducing domestic violence in their communities.
A Call to Men is a New York-based nonprofit agency that teaches men and boys to develop loving and respectful attitudes toward women. Bunch met with Dee Baker, PCADV's Fund Development Director.
Pennsylvania Homelessness Survey
A team at Bloomsburg University has been funded by the Center for Rural PA to conduct a study to shed light on homelessness in PA. Homelessness is very difficult to combat, partly because it is so hard to get accurate information on the problem.
Please consider participating in the survey regardless of your amount of involvement with the issue of homelessness. The survey should take 5 to 10 minutes to complete, and the team will use the information to produce reports on patterns of homelessness throughout the state. By participating, you can help increase our understanding of and ability to combat this problem. Just click here to access the survey.
Please feel free to contact Heather S. Feldhaus, PH.D, Director, Bloomsburg University Center for Community Research and Consulting, 570-389-4221, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions.