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Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV), a private non-profit organization, is proud to have been the first state domestic violence coalition in the country. The Coalition coordinates a statewide network of community-based programs and administers the contract for domestic violence services in Pennsylvania. In addition to providing life-saving services in every county of the commonwealth, PCADV focuses on public policy development, training and technical assistance, public information and education. PCADV has played a key role in the design and provision of domestic violence training to advocates for battered women and law enforcement during the past two decades, and has emerged as a leading expert on the response to this crime.

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape

The mission of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) is to work to eliminate all forms of sexual violence and to advocate for the rights and needs of survivors of sexual assault. PCAR is a statewide nonprofit organization widely respected for its leadership and initiative in working to prevent sexual violence at statewide and national levels. Since its inception in 1975, PCAR has been at the forefront of the anti-violence movement, utilizing its voice to advocate for the rights of countless survivors and affect critical change through its active role in public policy, education, training and prevention.

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency

The mission of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) is to serve as a catalyst for the prevention and reduction of crime and delinquency and to enhance the quality of justice for all Pennsylvanians. The PCCD strives to effect improvements in the criminal and juvenile justice systems by examining problems, proposing solutions, and monitoring and evaluating the impact of those solutions. The PCCD assists the criminal justice systems to function more productively by fostering interagency coordination and cooperation, by developing and coordinating policy issues, by rendering training and technical assistance, and by granting funds to support system improvements. It provides statewide criminal statistical and analytical services, fosters community-based prevention initiatives and assists survivors of crime through support for direct services and by alleviating the financial burdens resulting from the commission of a crime.

Social Security Administration

This governmental agency determines if an individual is eligible for benefits including Social Security disability payments, supplemental security income and Medicare.

Pennsylvania Department of Aging

The Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) are the local representatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. They implement the various programs for older Pennsylvanians. There are 52 such offices, serving all 67 counties. They are staffed with caseworkers skilled in such areas as geriatrics, social work and community resources. They can assist you with questions regarding nursing facilities, community services in nursing facility placement, and a wide range of other community services tailored to your specific needs.

Department of Public Welfare

The mission of the Department of Public Welfare is to promote, improve and sustain the quality of family life, break the cycle of dependency, promote respect for employees, protect and serve Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens and manage resources effectively.

Family Violence Prevention Fund

The Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF) works to end violence in the home and to help women and children whose lives are devastated by abuse because every person has the right to live a life free of violence. The FVPF challenges lawmakers to take domestic violence seriously, educates judges to protect all survivors of abuse and advocates for laws to help battered immigrant women. The FVPF works with health care providers and employers to identify and aid survivors of domestic violence, helps communities support children from violent homes and shows Americans how to help end abuse.


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