HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) established a diverse and interdisciplinary Statewide Leadership Team (SLT) to develop its bold five-year plan for preventing domestic violence in the Commonwealth.
Rooted in a social justice approach, the plan looks at the prevalence of domestic violence by acknowledging and addressing oppressions that lead to inequities in access to power and resources across groups of people. Both the development of the SLT and the State Action Plan are made possible, and fully funded, by a five-year DELTA Impact grant awarded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to the PCADV in 2018.
The 28-member SLT represents organizations from across the state whose work requires knowledge of, and experience with, the risk factors for intimate partner violence. Dr. Dolly Wideman-Scott, Amelia Rayburn-Pizzica, and Joseph Henson represented the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County (DVCCC) and Nicole Powell represented the Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County (DAP) on the SLT.
“Statewide intimate partner violence (IPV) prevention plans provide structure to facilitate a narrative shift to create healthy family relationships in communities” said Dr. Dolly WidemanScott (CEO, DVCCC). DVCCC’s Director of Education, Amelia Rayburn-Pizzica added, “I am proud to represent Chester County as we come together with leaders from various backgrounds and disciplines to plan how we can best coordinate the response to and prevention of domestic violence across Pennsylvania.”
The team knows that their dual-county effort on this team will make an impact. Nicole Powell, Community Education Manager at DAP described her experience on the team thus far, “Although I have been a member of the State Leadership Team for a short period of time, I quickly recognized the importance of the work. We are committed to systemic change and awareness in the fight to educate and end domestic violence. Based on the outreach done locally at DVCCC and DAP, we are on the right track to ensure collaborative efforts in our communities and expand these efforts across the state. We have a great amount of work ahead of us.” Joseph Henson, of DVCCC, added “Participation on the Statewide Leadership Team has provided us with an amazing opportunity to increase our outreach through our local and statewide partnerships and I am very proud of the work we are doing!”
Before embarking on creation of the State Action Plan, members were trained on PCADV’s vision of prevention and the Prevention Institute’s THRIVE Model, which focuses on community and societal efforts for prevention. The group looked at the impacts of various structural and institutional oppressions and disparities in risk factors that impact rates of domestic violence.
To ensure its plan was tailored for the specific needs of Pennsylvania’s families and communities, PCADV engaged an independent firm to conduct a statewide needs assessment. The results of the assessment informed the SLT plan’s approaches, goals, and intended outcomes for the ultimate impact of decreasing the rate of IPV in PA.
The full five-year Prevention State Action plan and the complete list of SLT members and organizations can be viewed here.
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