differently-abled

Document Sample
differently-abled Powered By Docstoc
					Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence




                2002-2003 Annual Report
                                        Mission
The mission of PCADV is to eliminate personal and institutional violence against women through
programs providing support and safety to battered women, direct services, public information and
education, systems advocacy and social change activities.

The members of the PCADV work toward this goal through supportive, cooperative practices in all
aspects of our individual programs and collective efforts.


                       Principles of Unity
The members of PCADV recognize that the struggle of each battered woman we serve is related to our
individual struggles for personal growth and empowerment. We are committed to the ideas and
practices of a supportive, non-competitive atmosphere in all aspects of our programs, which fosters open
communications, respect, and cooperation among all members of the Coalition.

We help battered women deal with and overcome the oppressions we all face, i.e., sexism, racism,
homophobia, classism, and ageism. We support and encourage and will work for the participation of all
women – battered, women of color, lesbians, differently-abled, older, and poor women.

We encourage and work for the participation of all people who pursue these goals.
We recognize that all people have power; we strive to help women recognize that power within
themselves and we affirm that we will not use the power to divide us.
                                                                                                Members of the Board
                                                                                                                                    Board Officers
                                                                                      President:                                   Dolly Wideman-Scott, Domestic Violence Center of Chester Co.
                                                                                      Eastern Vice-President:                      Margaret Ruddy, Women’s Resource Center, Inc.
                                                                                      Central Vice-President:                      Kathy Whalen, Huntingdon House
                                                                                      Western Vice-President:                      Grace A. Coleman, Crisis Center North
                                                                                      Secretary:                                   Linda Collins, Laurel House
                                                                                      Treasurer:                                   Linda Lyons King, SafeNet


                                                                                                                                  Board Members
A Safe Place, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Terri Allison        Domestic Violence Center of Chester County . . .Dolly Wideman-Scott                                         Susquehanna Valley Women In Transition . . . . . . . . . .Margaret Gates
A Way Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Freda Fultz   Domestic Violence Intervention                                                                              Turning Point of Lehigh Valley, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pamela Pillsbury
A Woman’s Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Susan Hauser                of Lebanon County, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lynn Snead             Victims Outreach Intervention Center . . . . . . . . . .Elizabeth Clark-Smith
Abuse and Rape Crisis Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Judith G. Campbell                           Domestic Violence Service Center, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . .Ellen Moyle Harris                              Victims’ Intervention Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Michele Minor Wolf
Abuse Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bruce Harlan            Domestic Violence Services of                                                                               Victim’s Resource Center of Venango County . . . . . . . .Jennifer Feicht
ACCESS-York, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Deb Markel            Cumberland and Perry Counties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Deborah Donahue                              Washington Women’s Shelter, Inc. . . . . . . . . .Michelle Robinson-Ritter
                                                                                                               Domestic Violence Services of Fayette County . . . . . . .Gloria Mickens
Alice Paul House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kimberlee Cunkelman                                                                                                                                Wise Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Deborah Shivetts
                                                                                                               Domestic Violence Services
Alle-Kiski Area HOPE Center, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Michelle Bond                                                                                                                                       Womansplace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Laurie MacDonald
                                                                                                               of Lancaster County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Donna “Bonnie” Glover
AW/ARE, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lizette Olsen                                                                                                                    Women Against Abuse, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Cynthia Figueroa
                                                                                                               HAVEN of Tioga County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bobbie Preston
Battered/Formerly                                                                                                                                                                                                          Women In Need Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barbara Channing
                                                                                                               HAVIN, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jo Ellen Bowman
Battered Women’s Caucus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Julie Condo, Co-Chair                                                                                                                                         Women In Transition, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Roberta Hacker
                                                             Renie Perry, Co-Chair                             Huntingdon House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kathy Whalen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Women of Color Caucus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vashti Bledsoe, Co-Chair
Berks County Women In Crisis . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rachelle Kucera-Mehra                                    Laurel House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Linda Collins
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rhonda Fleming, Co-Chair
Blackburn Center Against                                                                                       Lesbian Caucus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Shannon Wanamaker, Co-Chair
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh . . . . . .Shirl Regan
Domestic and Sexual Violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ann Emerling                         Lutheran Settlement House Bilingual
                                                                                                               Domestic Violence Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Anna Lisa Yoder                    Women’s Center, Inc. of Columbia/Montour . . . . . . . .Kathlene Russell
C.A.P.S.E.A., Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Billie Jo Weyant
                                                                                                               McKean County Victims Center (YWCA) . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nancy Chesnut                                  Women’s Center of Beaver County . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jill Marsilio-Colonna
Centre County Women’s Resource Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Anne Ard
                                                                                                               Safe Horizons Services for Women, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Martie Lee                          Women’s Center of Montgomery County . . . . . . . . . . .Maria Macaluso
Clinton County Women’s Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Deanna Kimble
                                                                                                               SAFE (Stop Abuse For Everyone Inc.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kim McHenry                            Women’s Help Center, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Susan Shahade
Crisis Center North . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Grace A. Coleman
                                                                                                               SafeNet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Linda Lyons King   Women’s Resource Center, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Margaret Ruddy
Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Donna Goyak
                                                                                                               Schuylkill Women In Crisis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sally Casey               Women’s Resources of Monroe County, Inc. . . . . . . .Beata Peck Little
Domestic Abuse Project/Delaware County . . . .Rita Buckley Connolly
                                                                                                               Sullivan County Victim Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Linda McCarty                      Women’s Services, Inc./The Greenhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Gillian Ford
Domestic Abuse Project/
                                                                                                               Survivors, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Shirley Tannenbaum           Your Safe Haven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jeannee Mallow
Family Services of Blair County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mahlen Fiscel




                                                                                                                               PCADV – 2002-2003 Annual Report
    Policies Prioritized for New
■
    Administration and Legislative Session                               From Our President
■   Hundreds of Advocates Are Trained on
    Crime Victims Compensation               Dear Colleagues,
■   Rural Advocacy Task Force Reactivates    For 28 years, the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence has advocated on behalf of victims and their
                                             children. We were the first state coalition in the country and we can hold our heads high when we reflect on our
■   Information/Education Materials          remarkable achievements that have improved safety, dignity and justice for battered women and their children.
    Enhance Local Awareness Efforts
                                             But, we also know that many domestic violence victims in our communities live in isolation, never reaching out to
■   Medical Advocacy Project Staff Earn      family, friends or domestic violence programs. Some suffer fatal consequences. In Pennsylvania last year, domestic
    National Recognition                     violence crimes claimed more than 125 lives.
■   96,833 Victims and their Children        In the coming year, we will continue our efforts to eliminate domestic violence in Pennsylvania. Our goals include
    Receive Services                         better outreach to underserved victims, expanding the relocation program, advancing stronger legal protections,
                                             pursuing accountability for offenders, promoting community awareness and response, enhancing the skill level of
■   Statewide Training Institute and         program staff, and improving media coverage of domestic violence.
    Conference Offers Vision for Safety
                                             It is the victims who instill in us the strength and determination to pursue our mission to end violence against women
■   PA Auditor General Department Makes      and children, to challenge a society that fails to acknowledge the brutality and lethality of domestic violence, to
    Domestic Violence a Workplace Issue      confront a criminal justice system that is often reluctant to hold batterers responsible for their violence, and to
                                             empower battered women so they may regain control over their own lives.
■   DPW Policies and Trainings Helpful to
    Welfare Applicants and Recipients        Today, PCADV builds upon the groundwork laid by a handful of advocates who, gathered at a kitchen table years ago,
    who are Battered                         had a vision – a vision of a society where fear is unknown and violence is unthinkable.

■   Relocation Program Assists 2,184                                                                        Sincerely,
    Women and their Children

■   Domestic Violence in Later Life
    Trainings Draw More than 300
    Participants
                                                                                                                             Civil Legal Representation Project
               From Our Executive Director                                                                               ■
                                                                                                                             Helps Battered Women Attain Safet
                                                                                                                             & Self-Sufficiency

Dear Colleagues:                                                                                                         ■   46 Counties Now Participating in
We hear the stories again and again; women walk through your doors in the throes of crisis, trying to end the                Protection From Abuse Database Pro
violence that consumes their lives. Many have no money, no job and no college education. They feel they have
no hope.                                                                                                                 ■   Every District Justice in State Rece
                                                                                                                             Four-hour Training through PA STO
You give them emergency shelter. You help them obtain protection orders. You accompany them to court and medical             Violence Against Women Project
appointments. You connect them with agencies that can help them find housing, employment and childcare. Most of
all, you renew their hope that there is a path to peace and safety again.                                                ■   Trainings Offered to Every Probatio
                                                                                                                             Department in Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence is eternally grateful for the dedication of domestic violence
advocates across the state. Not only do you leave an indelible print in the lives of the victims you serve, but your
                                                                                                                         ■   Battered Women’s Justice Project
insight and hard work continually help us to move forward in our quest to improve protections for victims and
                                                                                                                             improves Access to and Quality of
survivors of domestic violence. It is the privileged role of the Coalition to provide support, training, education and
                                                                                                                             Legal Representation for Domestic
resources for the advocates working in the 62 domestic violence programs in Pennsylvania.
                                                                                                                             Violence Victims
Last year, PCADV trained hundreds of advocates to help victims file compensation claims. We trained probation
officers statewide to better understand and manage domestic violence perpetrators. We trained all of the active          ■   National STOP TA Project Provides
district justices to understand the complex dynamics of domestic violence so they can better improve safety for              Comprehensive Technical Assistanc
victims and hold batterers accountable, and we trained advocates for the elderly to recognize and respond to domestic        to Violence Against Women Grant
violence impacting senior citizens.                                                                                          Administrators

In the coming year, we will continue to strengthen services to victims through continued training, legislation           ■   National Center on Full Faith &
and awareness.                                                                                                               Credit Distributes Over 28,000
Thank you again for your tireless efforts on behalf of victims and survivors. You empower them to renew their hope,          Brochures to Advocates and Surviv
reclaim their dignity and change their lives.
                                                                                                                         ■   Legal Assistance Providers’ Technic
                                                                       Sincerely,                                            Outreach Project Offers National
                                                                                                                             Technical Assistance and Legal
                                                                                                                             Education
                                                                       Susan Kelly-Dreiss
                                                                                                                         ■   National Resource Center on Dome
                                                                                                                             Violence Expands Ability to
                                                                                                                             Disseminate Information/Materials


                                                              PCADV – 2002-2003 Annual Report
                              Administration Department

                                                            Public Policy
Priority Agenda                                                                    Homicide Prevention
In preparation for both a new administration and legislative session, the
PCADV Board of Directors identified three major issues to address through
                                                                                   Fatality Review Project
proactive legislative, regulatory, and systems advocacy activities.                In spite of all of our extraordinary efforts over the last 26 years, domestic
                                                                                   violence homicide rates in Pennsylvania have remained static.
■   Homicide Prevention (including critical incident/fatality reviews, media
    response teams, and firearms control)                                          PCADV seeks to establish county-based fatality review projects, under the
                                                                                   leadership of local domestic violence programs, to help identify risk factors
■   Housing (including emergency, transitional, and permanent housing
                                                                                   that contributed to domestic violence homicides and determine strategies to
    sources)
                                                                                   predict and prevent future tragedies.
■   Children (including teen services and custody)
PCADV renewed its commitment to pending policy priorities, including               Establishing county-based fatality reviews with a statewide advisory board
amendments to the Protection From Abuse Act; creation of an Address                would help close gaps in services, increase protections, strengthen laws, and
Confidentiality Program for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and       improve our community and statewide response to lethal domestic violence
stalking; enactment of prohibitions against property and casualty insurance        situations.
discrimination; and comprehensive revisions to the state’s custody law.
                                                                                   Media Response Packets/Teams
PCADV will continue to consider how race, class, gender, immigration
                                                                                   PCADV staff and Board members have noted that it is often difficult for
status, disability, mental health challenges, and sexual orientation factor into
                                                                                   domestic violence programs, community officials, and knowledgeable
its broad range of policy decisions.
                                                                                   citizens to convey empowering media messages when experiencing the loss
                                                                                   of a victim of domestic violence. Programs and community officials in the
                                                                                   grieving process often do not have access to the support and
                                                                                   communications assistance they desperately need during times of tragedy.

                                                                                   PCADV believes that a dual level media campaign would help programs and
                                                                                   individuals assist the media to expand domestic violence coverage and focus
                                                                                   on the right messages. The Coalition will combine and coordinate state and
                                                                                   program level efforts to develop proactive and reactive media strategies to
                                                                                   respond to domestic violence fatalities.
                                                            Public Policy
Homicide Prevention                                                               Because the data collected by HMIS will inevitably be tied to funding for
                                                                                  services, PCADV programs seek to participate in a meaningful way to attract
Firearms                                                                          this funding (or not to lose this funding). Unfortunately, some counties are
                                                                                  designing systems that require the collection of personal, identifying
PCADV is taking steps to tighten firearms restrictions for domestic violence      information, which directly conflicts with the Coalition’s confidentiality
offenders in the Commonwealth where perpetrators using firearms                   standards and requirements.
committed 59% of domestic violence homicides occurring between 1997
and 2002. (Approximately 70% of all U.S. domestic violence homicide               PCADV’s efforts are ongoing to help domestic violence programs, county
victims are killed by perpetrators using firearms.) PCADV proposes to do          commissioners, and HUD design a data gathering system that fulfills the
the following:                                                                    Congressional mandate of data collection without jeopardizing the safety
■   Legislate the confiscation of ALL firearms for the duration of permanent      and confidentiality of domestic violence victims.
    PFA orders.
■   Educate judges on federal Brady requirements and state obligation to          Transitional/Permanent Housing
    enforce Brady.                                                                Access to housing is critical for battered women trying to obtain safety,
■   Prepare a legal memo on current Pennsylvania and federal law as it relates    autonomy, and independence. It is a basic foundation upon which battered
    to the search and seizure of weapons in the context of PFA orders.            women escape the violence. As such, PCADV is greatly concerned about the
                                                                                  unprecedented lack of affordable, accessible, and safe housing for battered
■   Educate/develop a legal memo on voluntary searches, i.e. marital
                                                                                  women and their children in Pennsylvania. Rents are rising at a rate far
    property by victim’s consent.
                                                                                  exceeding inflation. Public housing authorities and non-profit facilities are
■   Work with the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training               saturated or have disappeared entirely. In essence, few private or public
    Commission (MPOETC) on including PFA firearms searches in their               housing options exist for battered women. Those that do are often
    police curriculum.                                                            exorbitantly priced or uninhabitable.

Housing                                                                           Battered women with additional barriers such as a lack of transportation,
                                                                                  immigration status, or childcare or those who have substance abuse and/or
Homeless Management and Information System (HMIS)                                 mental health issues are unable to access and/or maintain the limited
HMIS is a tool that allows homeless service providers to collect client           housing that does exist.
information electronically using a web-based interface system. In response to a
                                                                                  Wide-scale attention to transitional and permanent housing is a relatively
Congressional mandate for an unduplicated national homeless count, the
                                                                                  new endeavor for PCADV and many domestic violence programs in
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has enacted policies
                                                                                  Pennsylvania. Therefore, PCADV is focusing on building programs’ capacity
requiring local government agencies receiving federal homeless assistance
                                                                                  in this area before moving forward on legislative or policy initiatives.
dollars to implement a computer tracking system by 2004 or risk losing federal
funding. Many counties in Pennsylvania have already begun using HMIS or
other similar systems to track personal and/or statistical information.


                                                               PCADV – 2002-2003 Annual Report
                             Administration Department

                                             Public Policy (Continued)
Children                                                                       Custody
                                                                               The problems associated with custody process in Pennsylvania are not
Services to Teens                                                              entirely specific to domestic violence victims. There is an overall lack of
Domestic violence prevention programs in school settings have resulted in      consistency and uniformity in child custody proceedings across the
an increase in teenaged disclosures of dating violence. Because of             Commonwealth. The process is unnecessarily long. Many parents wait two
uncertainty surrounding the funding and legality of providing teenagers        years or more for their case to be heard by a judge. Custody evaluators are
with domestic violence services, programs have been put in a tenuous           unregulated and are seen as tangential to the process. In many counties, the
position. Programs need to know if the state and federal funds they receive    petitioner needs to pay out of pocket for a custody evaluation if they wish
may be applied to services provided to teens.                                  to have one.

Programs also need clarification on the legality of serving minor clients      This lack of uniformity and coordination is particularly difficult for victims of
without parental consent. Does the confidentiality privilege apply to          domestic violence. Related cases are separated from one another (i.e. PFA,
teenagers and to younger children? Are programs liable for serving minors      custody, divorce, CYS, criminal, etc.), which often results in mishandling of
without parental consent? If a parent and a child experience domestic          information. Even when domestic violence has been identified in a custody
violence, are both records privileged? In this circumstance, who is the        proceeding, there is no specific procedure for considering this as evidence.
client? Are foster children who have witnessed domestic violence eligible      Courts are only statutorily required to consider domestic violence in custody
for our services? If so, who provides consent?                                 cases, they are not given guidance as to how this consideration should impact
                                                                               the custody decision. Thus, consideration of domestic violence differs from
Since service provision to teens is a relatively new policy issue, PCADV has   county to county and judge to judge.
begun to gather information and build capacity before implementing
legislative changes.                                                           PCADV is proposing to draft comprehensive custody legislation that
                                                                               incorporates reforms in the hearing process, custody evaluations, supervised
                                                                               visitation centers, inter and intra-state custody claims, procedures for giving
                                                                               domestic violence “consideration” in custody cases, training of appropriate
                                                                               court personnel, and other related systems.
                       Crime Victims Compensation (CVC)
PCADV received a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and                 curriculums. “dry runs” of the survivor and volunteer curriculums were held
Delinquency in August to develop three curriculums regarding CVC to use              in March in both the eastern and western regions of the state.
during battered women’s education or support group meetings; to inform
                                                                                     In addition, PCADV developed a newsletter for domestic violence program
volunteers at domestic violence programs; for inclusion in the mandatory
                                                                                     directors and an alert for advocates detailing the recently enacted changes to
45-hour domestic violence training for staff and volunteers. The
                                                                                     the Crime Victims Act. The materials also included updates to PCADV’s
curriculums addressed the option of filing a CVC claim and included basic
                                                                                     handbook Crime Victims Compensation For Battered Women: Advocating For
information on CVC as well as action plans for advocates and survivors.
                                                                                     Economic Justice, which was provided to several hundred CVC training
In November 2002, four focus groups were conducted in Scranton, Allentown,           participants in 2002.
Philadelphia and Carlisle. A total of 30 individuals, representing diverse racial,
ethnic, sexual identity and economic groups, met with PCADV project staff to
review and comment on materials compiled for the three curriculums.
Participants also offered feedback regarding the implementation of the

                                                                Publications
Information/Education Materials                                                      ■   Domestic Violence and Poverty: Building Economic Security for
                                                                                         Battered Women and their Families Display
PCADV’s Publications Department developed a broad range of information
                                                                                     ■   Domestic Violence and Welfare Benefits: Family Violence Option
and education materials for dissemination to community-based domestic
                                                                                         Advocacy Manual
violence programs as a means of enhancing and expanding their ability to
conduct effective, local awareness activities.                                       ■   Empty Place at the Table Tribute Book
                                                                                     ■   Helping Battered Women and their Children in Rural Communities:
The materials included the following:
                                                                                         A Guide for Cosmetologists
■   2002 Year End Homicide Report                                                    ■   Helping Rural Battered Women and their Children: A Guide for Faith
■   2003 Statewide Institute Guide: A Vision of Safety for Battered Women                Leaders and Religious Communities
    and Their Children                                                               ■   Helping Battered Women and their Children in Rural Communities:
■   A Practical Guide to Evaluating Domestic Violence Coordinating Councils              A Guide for Family and Friends
■   Advocacy in Action Series (Community Advocacy) Newsletter                        ■   NRCDV State Funding Matrix
■   Advocacy in Action Series (Systems Advocacy) Newsletter                          ■   PA and National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Packet
■   Crime Victims Compensation Curriculum for Advocates                              ■   Protection From Abuse Database Training Packets
■   Crime Victims Compensation Curriculum for Survivors                              ■   Public Policy Agenda Packet
■   Developing Culturally-relevant Responses to Domestic Violence                    ■   Raising Public Awareness on Domestic Violence in Indian Country



                                                                 PCADV – 2002-2003 Annual Report
                             Administration Department

                                                  Medical Advocacy
DPW Office of Medical Assistance                                               National Recognition
In 2003, PCADV began working with the Office of Medical Assistance             Nancy Durborow, PCADV’s Health Projects Specialist and Betsy Burke,
Programs on a Domestic Violence Initiative that will require the medical       former Medical Advocacy Manager of the Women’s Center and Shelter of
assistance health maintenance organizations that contract with DPW to raise    Greater Pittsburgh and former co-chair of the PCADV Medical Advocacy
the awareness of domestic violence among the general patient population,       Task Force (West), received national awards from the Family Violence
develop/adapt tools to educate and equip 56,000 primary care medical           Prevention Fund for their advocacy and state and national leadership on
assistance providers to identify and refer victims of domestic violence,       changing health care systems response to domestic violence. The awards
provide job specific domestic violence education for specialty providers and   were presented in September 2002, during the Fund’s national conference
conduct an impact assessment.                                                  on health care and domestic violence.


PA Medical Society                                                             Increase in Provision of Services
In addition to the Office of Medical Assistance Programs Domestic Violence     During fiscal year 2002/2003, on site services were provided to 3,559
Initiative, the PCADV and OMAP are working with the PA Medical Society and     victims of domestic violence. This represents a 14% increase in the number
all commercial health maintenance organizations in PA to educate and equip     of women served (3,109) during fiscal 2001/2002.
providers to identify and refer victims of domestic violence, research/adapt
domestic violence kits for providers and develop/adapt models for continuing   In addition, 25,983 hospital staff were trained on recognizing and helping
medical education credits, including web based training.                       patients experiencing domestic violence. This represents a 41% increase in
                                                                               the number of health care professionals trained (18,457) the previous year.
                                                    Medical Advocacy
                                                                                     Through the site visits, assess the quantity and type of patient/public
Evaluation of PCADV Funded                                                       ■
                                                                                     education materials disseminated. A data-base will also be developed to
Medical Advocacy Projects                                                            track the number of victims identified and served, the consumption of
                                                                                     public education materials, the percentage of victims that accept
As directed by Act 115 of 1998, the Health Care Response Act, the PCADV
                                                                                     referral, and the number of victims that receive follow-up services.
undertook an initial evaluation of PCADV funded medical advocacy projects
with noted researcher Jeffrey Coben, MD, Associate Professor of Emergency        ■   Conduct a written survey with all 84 health care facilities currently
Medicine, Surgery, and Public Health at the MCP-Hahnemann Schools of                 collaborating with the 34 funded projects to further quantify the
Medicine and Public Health.                                                          structures and processes being used to implement a response to
                                                                                     domestic violence in the health care settings.
The primary goal of this evaluation is to assess the progress and
effectiveness of Pennsylvania’s medical advocacy program through the             ■   Using the results of the site visits, surveys and case studies, assist
following.                                                                           PCADV staff and medical advocacy project sites in describing and
                                                                                     understanding the variation that exists within projects, clarify the most
■   Using the evaluation instruments developed by Dr. Coben, in                      important components of medical advocacy projects and suggest areas
    conjunction with a panel of national experts, assess program                     for standardization and improvement.
    implementation by conducting site visits with medical advocacy
    projects. The assessment is looking at the structures and processes          ■   Develop a plan for follow-up with victims served so that long-term
    developed at the site including: policies and procedures; physical               outcomes can be described and evaluated.
    environment, i.e. privacy, posters etc.; cultural environment; training of
    providers; screening; documentation; interventions/services provided;
    evaluation activities and collaboration.




                                                        Rural Advocacy
The PCADV Board reactivated its Rural Advocacy Task Force and set up a           Additionally, the Task Force meetings provide the forum for advocates to
quarterly meeting schedule in the west, central and east regions of the state.   strategize solutions to the challenges of providing services to domestic violence
The meetings pull together an average of 25 rural program staff who network      victims in rural communities.
with peers and share materials and best practices.




                                                               PCADV – 2002-2003 Annual Report
                               Administration Department

                                  Independent Auditor’s Report
The Board of Directors
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

We have audited the accompanying statement of financial position of the             In accordance with Government Auditing Standards, we have also issued a
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence as of June 30, 2003, and           report dated September 2, 2003 on our consideration of Pennsylvania
the related statements of activities and cash flows for the year then ended.        Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s internal control over financial
These financial statements are the responsibility of the Pennsylvania               reporting and our tests of its compliance with certain provisions of laws,
Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s management. Our responsibility is to          regulations, contracts and grants. That report is an integral part of an audit
express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit. The            performed in accordance with Government Auditing Standards and should be
prior-year summarized comparative information has been derived from the             read in conjunction with this report in considering the results of our audit.
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s June 30, 2002 financial
                                                                                    Our audit was performed for the purpose of forming an opinion on the
statements and, in our report dated January 22, 2003, we expressed an
                                                                                    basic financial statements of Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic
unqualified opinion on those financial statements.
                                                                                    Violence taken as a whole. The accompanying schedule of expenditures of
We conducted our audit in accordance with auditing standards generally              federal awards is presented for purposes of additional analysis as required by
accepted in the United States of America and G o v e rnment Auditing Standard s,    U.S. Office of Management and Budget Circular A-133, Audits of States,
issued by the Comptroller General of the United States. Those standards             Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations and is not a required part
require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance           of the basic financial statements. The accompanying schedules of budgeted,
about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An        reported, allowable costs, and payments to subrecipients are presented for
audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts          purposes of additional analysis as required by the Pennsylvania Department
and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the   of Public Welfare and are not a required part of the basic financial
accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as         statements. Such information has been subjected to the auditing procedures
well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that    applied in the audit of the basic financial statements and, in our opinion, is
our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.                              fairly states, in all material respects, in relation to the basic financial
                                                                                    statements taken as a whole.
In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in
all material respects, the financial position of the Pennsylvania Coalition
Against Domestic Violence at June 30, 2003, and its changes in net assets           McKonly & Asbury, LLP
and cash flows for the year then ended in conformity with accounting                Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
principles generally accepted in the United States of America.                      September 2, 2003
                              Financial Statements (June 30, 2003)
Statement of Financial Position                                         Statement of Activities
Assets:                                                                 Changes in unrestricted net assets:
   Current assets:                                                         Revenues, gains and other support:
      Cash                                 $2,141,247                        Contracts with government agencies and foundations   28,739,340
      Accounts receivable                       9,391                         Contract administration                                330,495
      Contracts receivable                    911,527                         Product sales, net                                      29,531
                                                                              Donations                                               11,165
      Prepaid expense                          18,150
                                                                              Membership dues                                          7,300
      Office equipment, net of $657,888                                       Interest                                                 5,101
          Total assets                                     $3,738,203         Fund-raising                                             1,805
                                                                              Conference Income                                       22,455
Liabilities:
                                                                                 Total unrestricted revenues,
   Current liabilities:                                                             gains and other support                       29,147,192
      Accounts payable                        514,821
      Accrued expenses                        203,798                   Total expenses and losses
                                                                              Program and supporting services                     28,981,736
      Unexpended DPW funds                    253,770
                                                                              Change in unrestricted net assets                      165,456
      Subrecipients payable                 1,685,808
                                                                        Net assets at beginning of year                              867,680
          Total liabilities                                 2,705,067   Net assets at end of year                                 $1,033,136
Net Assets:
      Unrestricted                          1,016,063
      Temporarily restricted                   17,073
                                                                        Statement of Cash Flows
                                                                        Cash flows from operating activities:
        Total net assets                                    1,033,136     Change in net assets                                       165,456
        Total liabilities and net assets                   $3,738,203     Adjustments to reconcile to net cash
                                                                             provided by operating activities:
                                                                             Depreciation in –                                       112,319
                                                                                Accounts receivable                                   21,218
                                                                                Contracts receivable                                (75,086)
                                                                                Prepaid expenses                                    (12,800)
                                                                             Increase (decrease) in –
                                                                                Accounts payable                                   (157,591)
                                                                                Accrued expenses                                    (61,238)
                                                                                Unexpended DPW funds                               (236,981)
                                                                                Subreceipients payable                             1,350,528
                                                                          Net cash provided by operating activities1,086,891
                                                                        Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year1,371,360
                                                                        Cash and cash equivalents at end of year                  $2,141,247

                                                        PCADV – 2002-2003 Annual Report
                                      Contracts Department

                                          The Statewide Network
The statewide network of 62 local programs provided comprehensive            ■   10,082 shelter recipients
domestic violence services in all 67 counties of the commonwealth through    ■   28,454 community education programs
a contract administered by PCADV. These programs offered a lifeline to
                                                                             ■   15,472 community-wide public education events
safety through 92 community-based sites for more than 96,833 survivors of
domestic violence and their children – with 10,000 seeking refuge in         ■   181,117 volunteer hours
PCADV’s statewide network of shelters.                                       ■   11,678 trainings for 53,450 individuals
Program services, such as counseling, advocacy, shelter and transitional
housing, outreach to special populations and assistance in accessing other
community resources included:
■   529,195 hours of counseling/advocacy services
■   210,709 shelter days


                                       The Statewide Allocation
The allocation for the provision of domestic violence services in            ■   $4,590,000 in Federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Block
Pennsylvania decreased by approximately 2.32% to $21,418,200 for fiscal          Grants (TANFBG)
year 2002/03:                                                                ■   $150,000 in federal Preventive Health & Health Services Block Grant
■   $1,205,000 in federal Social Services Block Grant funds (Title XX)           funds (PHHSBG)
                                                                             ■   $11,316,000 in state funds through Act 44/State Appropriation
■   $3,000,000 in federal Family Violence Prevention & Services Act funds
    (FVPSA)                                                                  ■   $733,000 in state funds through Act 222/Marriage License surcharge
■   $424,200 in federal Drug Free Schools & Communities Act funds
    (SDFSCA)
                            The Statewide Allocation
  Funding Needs
  The need for critical domestic violence services continues to far exceed available resources at local programs throughout the
  commonwealth. PCADV’s funding contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare covers just 51% of the total
  costs to provide intervention and prevention services in all 67 counties. Therefore, the 62 community-based programs must
  raise nearly half of their operating budgets and expend extraordinary time and resources on local fund-raising efforts.



Sources of Funding for Domestic Violence Services                          Breakout of Funding for Domestic Violence Services




                                                  PCADV – 2002-2003 Annual Report
                                      Contracts Department

                                                  Training Activities
Statewide Training Institute                                                  Sub-contractor Trainings
The PCADV 2003 Statewide Training Institute, A Vision of Safety for           Sub-contractor trainings took place in a number of venues, including on-site
Battered Women and Their Children, took place in May in Harrisburg, PA.       with individual domestic violence programs and in regional and statewide
It brought together an audience of 170 domestic violence advocates from PA    meetings of the Counselor Advocate Network and Children’s Advocacy Task
and surrounding states and others working with victims of domestic            Force. Some of these sessions were offered in conjunction with the Medical
violence. This year’s Institute provided a forum for challenging our          Advocacy Task Force.
thinking about the ways in which advocates conduct their work in areas of
risk analysis, safety planning and prevention.                                Workshops were offered on a rich diversity of advocacy-related topics,
                                                                              including, but not limited to, Woman Centered Advocacy: Who’s Driving
Barbara J. Hart, PCADV Legal Director, provided the opening plenary, No       the Bus?; House Rules; Ethics/Ethical Communication and Advocacy;
Safety, No Justice, challenging attendees to energize and organize            Advocacy/Safety and Technology; Working with Older Battered Women with
themselves and their communities in the pursuit of safety for women and       Cognitive Impairments; Economic Justice and the Hope and Power
children. Noted researcher, Jacqueline Campbell of Johns Hopkins,             Curriculum; Working with Incarcerated Battered Women; Creating
reviewed newly published findings of her extensive studies on femicide and    Presentations; Effects of Domestic Violence on Children; Structured Support
predictors of risk to battered women – information with direct implications   Groups with Young Children; and Assisting Mothers in Shelter Settings.
for the ways in which advocates gather information from victims. Lydia
Walker, a long-time advocate and trainer on domestic violence and related     In all, more than 900 staff from sub-contractor programs attended one or
topics, mapped out a framework for thinking about safety, reflecting the      more of the 24 trainings offered by PCADV.
individual experience and circumstance of each victim/survivor. Ms. Walker
also provided a luncheon address and challenged domestic violence
programs to become the best they can be in the ways they work with and
                                                                              Domestic Violence in Later Life
respect battered women and their children.                                    The Domestic Violence in Later Life Project, a joint effort between the PA
                                                                              Department of Aging and PCADV, furthered the collaboration by
Attendees were treated to six sets of workshops, led by experts from across   successfully training a total of 322 domestic violence advocates and area
the country in the following areas: Battered Women with Disabilities,         agency on aging staff in six regional trainings and two trainings of trainers.
Battered Immigrant Women, Family Safety Planning with Battered Women
and Their Children, Rural Battered Women, Safety and Housing Issues and
Safety and Technology.
                                                       Training Activities
Systems Training                                                                       PA Department of the Auditor General
Trainings for other systems reached over 300 persons in multiple settings              PCADV completed the Domestic Violence: A Workplace Issue series of
throughout the Commonwealth. These included trainings with the                         trainings for a remaining balance of 20 managers and supervisors in the PA
following groups and settings:                                                         Department of the Auditor General. The workshop was subsequently
■   State Board of Probation and Parole Support Staff Conference                       offered in four sessions for the remaining staff of this department. An
                                                                                       additional 331 Department employees had been trained by year’s end.
■   Nursing Education Conference at Drexel University
■   “Diamonds in Our Backyard”, Regional Housing/Section 8 Conference                  Technical Assistance to Sub-contractors
■   Women’s Network of Merck, Inc., Bucks Co.                                          Through the statewide contract, PCADV staff offers on-site technical assistance
                                                                                       to sub-contractors. Topics and issues addressed this year included eligibility
■   American Society of Aging, East Coast Summer Series
                                                                                       for services in the areas of assessment and termination of services, as well as
■   “Domestic Violence: Seeking Solutions, Understanding Change,” a Berks              case management. Problem-solving sessions examined internal/ethical
    County Systems Conference                                                          communication, teamwork, roles and boundaries in working with clients, and
                                                                                       the development and use of house rules in shelter settings.


    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Relocation Program                                                                     changes are being considered which effect women that PCADV serves. Two
                                                                                       nine-hour sessions were provided for domestic violence advocates on the
PCADV received one million dollars in TANF funds to provide temporary                  most recent policy changes. Seventy-three advocates attended the sessions.
financial assistance to domestic violence victims who need to relocate away from
an abusive partner. PCADV sub-contractors each received a percentage of the
allocation for individual grants to their clients. Applicants are eligible for up to
                                                                                       Caseworkers/Clerical Staff Training
$1,500 within a 24-month period. The assistance may to be used for                     The TANF training partnership with the PA Department of Public Welfare
transportation, to move personal belongings, for rent or security deposit on an        (DPW) continued this year as each new caseworker and clerical support
apartment or for utility connection charges. This past year, the TANF Relocation       staff attended the state mandated domestic violence awareness session.
Program helped 2,184 women and children relocate into safer homes.                     PCADV and DPW training staff co-facilitated regional sessions of DPW’s
                                                                                       Standard Training Program for both caseworkers and clerical staff. The full
New DPW Policy Training for Advocates                                                  day session included domestic violence information and DPW policy
                                                                                       information that may impact victims as they apply for or receive public
DPW has implemented several new policies which could be helpful to welfare
                                                                                       benefits. Twenty-one sessions were conducted in DPW’s seven training
applicants / recipients who are domestic violence victims. The Domestic
                                                                                       regions with 520 DPW staff attending.
Violence / TANF Task Force continues to advise DPW’s Bureau of Policy as

                                                                   PCADV – 2002-2003 Annual Report
                                                   Legal Department

                                                 Pennsylvania Projects
Civil Legal Representation                                                             STOP Violence Against Women
The goal of the Civil Legal Representation (CLR) project is to enhance access          All District Justices in Pennsylvania received four hours of training on
to civil legal assistance and justice for victims of domestic violence by              domestic violence law at the continuing education program sponsored by the
providing more than piecemeal representation. Through legal representation,            Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts. The Pretrial Services Committee
CLR attorneys assist survivors in obtaining court intervention that helps              of Pennsylvania Courts requested and received a three-hour training on
enhance self-sufficiency, while also concentrating on safety needs. Technical          domestic violence. Over 400 county personnel received a four-hour training
assistance is ongoing with the project sites and with other civil legal attorn e y s   on domestic violence in Berks County. Domestic violence legal advocates from
practicing throughout the Commonwealth in specific cases. CLR attorn e y s             around the state were trained on judicial ethics. In addition, 12 in-county
were involved in statewide systematic legal change as well. A CLR attorn e y,          seminars were held for local advocates, police and prosecutors. These
with technical assistance from PCADV legal staff, completed and filed an               seminars are designed to help local advocates strengthen their procedures and
appeal with the Pennsylvania Superior Court. The case involved overarching             protocol for prosecution of domestic violence cases. Training topics included
                                                                                       identification of the primary aggressor, confidentiality and the role of the
PFA and custody/dependency issues that could affect not only the petitioner
                                                                                       advocate, domestic violence among juveniles, firearm issues for domestic
and her children, but also other domestic violence survivors throughout the
                                                                                       violence cases and prosecuting high profile offenders.
Commonwealth. PCADV provided support to the local CLR legal staff ,
including editorial and research assistance for the appellate briefs. CLR staff        Additionally, the first draft of a judicial reference book was written and is in the
also drafted and filed brief Amicus Curiae in the case and participated in oral        process of being edited for presentation to a judicial advisory group in 2004.
argument in the appellate case. The petitioner received a favorable opinion.

PCADV conducted an evaluation of the seven new CLR project counties.
                                                                                       Probation and Parole
PCADV contracted with two independent evaluators who developed                         Regional trainings were held in six regions of Pennsylvania allowing every
assessment tools and drafted an evaluation plan. Contracted data collectors            probation department to attend and receive training on the probation model
specifically trained by the evaluators collected two rounds of substantive             strategies for supervision of domestic violence offenders. Members of the
court data which included information on custody, support and PFA actions              Probation Officers Domestic Violence Advocates Network (PODVAN) met and
filed and defended in the seven counties. The evaluators interviewed                   planned future organizing and collaboration between domestic violence
project staff, court staff, domestic relations’ staff, bar association                 programs and county-based probation departments. PCADV established a
representatives and judges about the CLR Project. The final project                    discussion forum for domestic violence advocates and probation officers who
evaluation report and executive summary established the projects’ successes.           work with domestic violence offenders. Staff was responsible for posting
                                                                                       newspaper articles and recent cases that address domestic violence issues in PA
                                                                                       on the discussion forum.
                                                Pennsylvania Projects
The Protection From Abuse Database Legal Committee
The Protection From Abuse Database (PFAD) Project is a computer archival              The Legal Committee is a Standing Committee of the PCADV Board of
system for the electronic entry of all pleadings and orders relating to               Directors, which encourages a diverse perspective on policy issues as they
Protection From Abuse Act (PFA) cases. Records from PFAD are                          relate to survivors of domestic violence. The Committee met five times this
immediately available 24 hours a day/365 days a year to authorized users via          year. During each meeting, the Committee reviewed legislation, rules and
a secured Internet website.                                                           positions that affect survivors of domestic violence. The Committee also
As of June 30, 2003, 46 counties were voluntarily participating in PFAD. Of           received special training to assist the Committee with its deliberations.
those 46 counties, 41 were transmitting live data and had filed over 95,846           Some of the training topics presented this year included:
temporary and final orders in PFAD. In June 2003, there were 5,343 active             ■   A presentation from the National Instant Criminal Background Check
user accounts, with 2,039,334 visits to the PFAD Website. This year, PFAD                 System (NICS), that explained how it is used by the criminal justice
staff created accounts for 1,377 new users and assisted PFAD users on 1,356               system. The presenter was Fannie Haslebacher, FBI Senior Counsel for
technical support calls.                                                                  the Criminal Justice Information Services Division.
Also during this fiscal year, PFAD staff implemented the Indirect Criminal            ■   Housing Resources for Battered Women – presented by Liz Hersh,
Contempt (ICC) forms in 12 counties. Of those 12 counties, eight are                      Executive Director of the Low Income Housing Coalition, and Judy
transmitting live data and have filed over 779 dispositions. Civil Contempt               Berkman, Regional Housing Legal Services.
forms were piloted in six counties and implementation will occur during the           ■   Effective Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy in other states – presented
next grant period. A total of 25 counties have participated in the statewide              by Marisol Melendez, Legal Advocate, YWCA of Pierce County, WA,
law enforcement training initiative.                                                      and Millie Dee, Survivor and Legal Advocate.
PFAD staff provides various trainings to users. These trainings include new           ■   The Judicial Disciplinary Process in Pennsylvania – presented by Shira
county training, county follow-up training, indirect civil contempt training, civil       Goodman, Associate Director for Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts.
contempt training, and law enforcement initiative training. Planning meetings
are held with key players in each county to determine how they can automate
their civil and indirect criminal contempt process using the PFAD forms.              Legal Advocacy Committee
PFAD staff provided the following training and follow-up visits to users:             Legal Advocates met three times and received training in three substantive
■   PFAD Forms and Process Training for 111 new authorized users,                     areas. Each of these training seminars was offered in six regions of the
    including prothonotary staff, domestic violence advocates, legal services         Commonwealth. The topics covered were:
    attorneys, private attorneys and court personnel.                                 ■   Juvenile Justice and Legal Issues for Minors and Domestic Violence
■   47 Follow-up visits and meetings with 201 attendees.                              ■   The Mental Health Procedures Act and Domestic Violence Survivors
■   ICC Training for 83 PFAD ICC users.                                               ■   Judicial Conduct and Training and Domestic Violence Issues
■   150 Law Enforcement and 9-1-1 Emergency trainings to 572 Law
    Enforcement and 9-1-1 Emergency Staff.


                                                                  PCADV – 2002-2003 Annual Report
                                                Legal Department

                                                     National Projects
Battered Women’s Justice Project                                                  STOP Violence Against Women
Civil Justice Office                                                              Grants Technical Assistance Project
The Battered Women’s Justice Project – Civil (BWJP) provided training and         (STOP TA)
technical assistance on improving access to, and the quality of legal
                                                                                  STOP TA provides technical assistance to the administrators of the STOP
representation for victims of domestic violence in a wide range of civil
                                                                                  Formula Grant Program in the 50 states and six territories. Technical
litigation that affects their safety and autonomy, including the issuance and
                                                                                  assistance is provided via individual telephone and electronic assistance,
enforcement of protection orders. BWJP also recognized the importance of
                                                                                  monthly dial-in conference calls, bi-monthly newsletters, workshops,
economic resources for battered women and provides assistance in such
                                                                                  conferences, and on-site visits with state administrators and sub-grantees.
areas as housing, employment, health care, public benefits, and
                                                                                  STOP TA also coordinates with other state and national partners to offer
transportation. Technical assistance is provided to the many participants of
                                                                                  administrators the most current resources.
the civil legal system, including advocates, attorneys, judicial personnel, and
researchers throughout the country.                                               In the past year, STOP TA hosted a national state administrators meeting in
                                                                                  Albuquerque entitled Enhancing Our Skills: Strengthening the Foundation
BWJP, in partnership with the STOP Violence Against Women Grants
                                                                                  for Women’s Safety. On-site technical assistance was provided to the
Technical Assistance Project, focuses on capacity building of an advocacy
                                                                                  following states: Missouri, New York and Maryland. Individualized TA
infrastructure by providing Civil Legal Advocacy Institutes for advocates
                                                                                  topics included assistance for Native women fleeing from abuse; polygraph
from across the country to help enhance critical thinking skills, to discuss
                                                                                  use by prosecutors; violence against women of color with disabilities;
substantive legal topics and to create new networks of support among the
                                                                                  programmatic evaluation; and one call from the United Kingdom regarding
advocates.
                                                                                  best practices for victim services. STOP TA’s teleconferences explored
BWJP serves as a partner to the Legal Assistance Providers’ Technical             forensic exam payments and protocols, and Department of Justice match
Outreach Project on the issues of housing and economic justice by                 requirements.
providing training and technical assistance on these issues to Legal
                                                                                  STOP TA continues to build its capacity to respond to these varied technical
Assistance for Victims (LAV) grantees.
                                                                                  assistance needs through participation in numerous national conferences,
The following national projects are located in the Washington, DC office of       task forces, advisory panels, focus groups and a host of other national
PCADV. These projects are funded through cooperative agreements with              technical assistance providers.
the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.
                                                    National Projects
National Center on Full Faith                                                   Legal Assistance Providers’ Technical
and Credit (NCFFC)                                                              Outreach Project (LAPTOP)
The NCFFC provides individualized training and technical assistance on
                                                                                LAPTOP provides national technical assistance and continuing legal
cross-jurisdictional enforcement of protection orders, federal and state
                                                                                education to Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) grantees that provide civil
firearm laws, and the federal domestic violence and stalking crimes. The
                                                                                legal representation for survivors. LAPTOP provides support to LAV
target audience of NCFFC includes law enforcement officers, federal and
                                                                                grantees through a moderated listserv, national institutes, regional mini-
state prosecutors, judges and other court personnel, attorneys, advocates
                                                                                institutes, on-site consultations, individualized telephone and electronic
and others who assist survivors of domestic violence and stalking. NCFFC
                                                                                technical assistance, newsletters and teleconferences.
collaborates with partners like the National Council of Juvenile and Family
Court Judges, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National   LAPTOP conducted a series of institutes on the following lectures: October
Center for State Courts, and the Center for Court Innovation.                   2002 in Philadelphia on the Economics of Justice; November 2002 in
                                                                                Washington, DC, on Interstate Custody; March 2003 in New Orleans on Civil
During the past fiscal year, NCFFC staff provided in-depth, problem-solving
                                                                                Sexual Assault Issues; April 2003 in Atlanta on Trial Skills; May 2003 in San
technical assistance to over 600 callers. NCFFC staff assist practitioners
                                                                                Diego on Immigration Issues; June 2003 in Puerto Rico on Confidentiality with
with a broad range of issues, e.g., developing state full faith and credit
                                                                                a second day on Consumer Issues; and June 2003 in Dearborn, MI, on
enabling legislation; interpreting and complying with the VAWA 2000 no-
                                                                                Housing Issues. Listserv questions ranged from how domestic violence
costs certification requirement for STOP and Grants to Encourage Arrest
                                                                                impacts the termination of parental rights in child welfare cases, challenges
Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders grantees; and personal and/or
                                                                                faced by rural practitioners, long distance visitation plans in interstate/domestic
subject matter jurisdiction in protection order and support cases. Staff
                                                                                violence/custody cases, and lifetime protection orders. Teleconferences for
conducted 36 trainings throughout the United States on full faith and credit,
                                                                                grantees included such topics as: Confidentiality, Housing, and Using Custody
child custody, firearms and the relevant federal criminal laws. Over the
                                                                                Evaluators when Batterers are Parents.
course of the year, NCFFC distributed more than 28,000 copies of its
brochures on full faith and credit for advocates and survivors.                 LAPTOP continues to collaborate and partner with a host of consultants
                                                                                and organizations, e.g., Legal Aid Services of Oregon, the Battered Women’s
Protection Order Systems, Practice, Enhancement, and Review                     Justice Project, the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the
The PROSPER project (Protection Order Systems, Practice, Enhancement,           Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.
and Review) of NCFFC continues to provide intensive technical assistance
to communities seeking to improve their protection order systems.
PROSPER conducts on-site audits, problem-solving workshops and follow-
up assessments in selected communities. An on-site audit was conducted in
Tulsa, Oklahoma, during this reporting period.




                                                             PCADV – 2002-2003 Annual Report
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

                                                                  Milestones
 During Fiscal Year 2002/03, the NRCDV achieved two developmental                   ■   The strategic prioritization of self sufficiency and economic justice for
 milestones:                                                                            battered women and their families as essential elements – along with
                                                                                        safety and social justice – in all NRCDV initiatives and materials
    The significant expansion of the NRCDV’s ability to disseminate                    through the following:
     information, resources and materials on domestic violence and related
     issues, grounded in the woman-defined advocacy perspective, which                  ◆   The presentation of the NRCDV’s first national poverty institute,
     guides our work through the following:                                                 Domestic Violence and Poverty: Building Security for Battered
                                                                                            Women and Their Families, which brought together domestic
     ◆   The launch of the NRCDV Web site, creating a more visible web                      violence advocates and anti-poverty allies from all 50 state
         presence to attract those seeking information, but unfamiliar with                 domestic violence coalitions as well as representatives of tribal
         the terminology of the violence against women movement, and a                      entities, HHS-funded multicultural institutes on domestic violence,
         vital link to the VAWnet Web site.                                                 the NRCDV’s Women of Color Network, and survivors of domestic
     ◆   The initiation of a process to dramatically expand the VAWnet user                 violence living in poverty.
         base, through conversion to unlimited public access and the                    ◆   The production and national dissemination of the final three Policy
         streamlining of the Web site’s technological underpinnings.                        and Practice papers commissioned through the Building
     ◆   The reduction of request response time from five days to real-time                 Comprehensive Solutions to Domestic Violence Project:
         access to technical assistance staff, with activation of the NRCDV’s                    ▲   Integrating Anti-Poverty Work Into Domestic Violence
         two-tier technical assistance process, providing direct telephone or                        Advocacy: Iowa’s Experience
         TTY access to technical assistance specialists during regular                           ▲   How are Domestic Violence Programs Meeting the Economic
         business hours; same-day dissemination of general information                               Needs of Battered Women in Iowa? An Assessment and
         materials; and referral to issue specific specialists on staff for those                    Recommendations
         requests requiring more in-depth discussion or research.
                                                                                                 ▲   Policy Blueprint on Domestic Violence and Poverty.
                                                    Project Highlights
■   Development, organization, compilation and mailing of more than            ■   Publication and national dissemination of Vawnet Applied Research
    5,000 Domestic Violence Awareness Month packets to community-based             Papers:
    domestic violence programs, state coalitions, national organizations and
    tribal entities                                                                ◆   Domestic Abuse in Later Life

■   Completion of Women of Color Network (WOCN) Resource Guide Update,             ◆   Women’s Experiences of Abuse as a Risk Factor for Incarceration
    providing contact and background information on more than 300              ■   Launching of Women of Color Network Listserv on VAWnet, and
    women of color activists and culturally specific domestic violence and         introduction of WOCN Update – an electronic periodical for WOCN
    sexual assault programs                                                        Mentors and Network members
■   Development and national dissemination of two new general                  ■   Production and national dissemination of three key publications:
    information packets:
                                                                                   ◆   Developing Culturally-Relevant Responses to Domestic Abuse: Asha
    ◆   General Domestic Violence Statistics Packet: Using Statistics and              Family Services, Inc.
        Evaluating
                                                                                   ◆   Raising Public Awareness on Domestic Violence in Indian Country
    ◆   Research and Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence
                                                                                   ◆   A Practical Guide to Evaluating Domestic Violence Coordinating
■   Sponsorship of a luncheon with keynote speaker Loretta Ross, to bring              Councils
    together women of color activists of the NRCDV Women of Color
    Network and directors of state domestic violence coalitions, at a          ■   Pilot testing in two sites of training curriculum on use of the NRCDV
    national gathering of both groups in Miami, Florida                            publication, A Practical Guide to Evaluating Domestic Violence
                                                                                   Coordinating Councils
■   Expansion of the Domestic Violence Awareness Month Project (DVAM)
    to include focus on year-round awareness and prevention and new            ■   Co-sponsorship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    designation as the Domestic Violence Awareness Project (DVAP)                  and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center of a national
                                                                                   teleconference entitled Strategies for Working with Boys and Men to
■   Publication and national dissemination of a report from the WOCN               Prevent Perpetration, with noted author Jackson Katz
    child welfare focus groups, Forging New Collaborations between Domestic
    Violence Programs, Child Welfare Services and Communities of Color

■   Two-day meeting of VAWnet’s 15-member Sexual Assault Advisory
    Committee, conducted through a partnership with the National Sexual
    Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)


                                                              PCADV – 2002-2003 Annual Report
                    Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
                       6400 Flank Drive • Suite 1300 • Harrisburg, PA 17112
                   (717) 545-6400 • PA (800) 932-4632 • National (800) 537-2238
                             TTY (800) 553-2508 • Fax (717) 671-8149
                                          www.pcadv.org

                                       LEGAL OFFICE
    (717) 671-4767 • PA (888) 23-LEGAL • National (800) 903-0111, ext. 2 • Fax (717) 671-5542

                                    PCADV NATIONAL PROJECTS
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence     National STOP Violence Against Women Grants
    (800) 537-2238 • TTY (800) 553-2508                      Technical Assistance Project
      www.nrcdv.org • www.vawnet.org                         (800) 256-5883 extension 1
       Battered Women’s Justice Project                National Center on Full Faith & Credit
    (800) 903-0111 • TTY (612) 824-8768                      (800) 256-5883 extension 2
       extension 2: Civil Justice Office        Legal Assistance Providers’ Technical Outreach Project
                                                              (800) 256-5883 extension 3