State legislators will be reading the names of the more than 100 victims from their respective districts as part of the ceremony.
Advocates from our community-based programs will be placing the victim names on a map of Pennsylvania, highlighting the statewide impact of the violence and the devastation the loss of life has caused families from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh.
On this day, and throughout the year, we'd like you to consider making a donation to PCADV.
Any donation helps victims and survivors get back on their feet, aids prevention programs geared toward reducing abuse, and helps push legislation designed to reduce domestic violence-related homicides.
This year’s limited-edition purse was designed by tennis great Serena Williams exclusively for the campaign.
The purple purse is symbolic, because it’s the color of domestic violence awareness and the purse represents a woman’s financial prowess.
She has also been an active volunteer on a number of non-profit boards including Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates, Thrift for AIDS, Center for Responsible Funding and the National Coalition Against Sexual Assault, where she served on the drafting committee for 2000 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).“It’s an honor for me to have the opportunity to help lead PCADV through its next chapter.
“This app will not only prepare parents to discuss sensitive subjects such as physical violence and sexual abuse, but it can help build the foundation for enjoying a lifetime of healthy relationships.”Learn more at As part of DVAM, many of our member programs across the state are conducting events and fundraisers such as 5K walk/runs, lunch and learns, ceremonies, and remembrances. As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, PCADV also kicks off its month-long Allstate® Foundation Purple Purse Challenge, an annual fundraiser to help support victims of domestic violence who lack the financial resources to leave abusive partners.PCADV is among an estimated 200 nonprofits nationwide who have helped raise about .5 million since the campaign began in 2014.To donate, simply click the blue "Donate" button on the upper right side of the homepage.You'll be directed to our donation page, where you can specify where you want your money to go, whether it be to PCADV, you local domestic violence center, prevention efforts, and more.“Susan brings to PCADV a rich history of fundraising, successful team-building, systems advocacy and training, public policy reform and coalition building backed by a strong desire to lead the nation's first domestic violence coalition into the future.” Higginbotham received her BA in psychology and political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and went on to earn her Master’s in Counselor Education and Psychology from North Carolina State University.