Sec. Wetzel presents Lebanon's Domestic Violence Intervention Center with nearly 4,000 cellphones

Sec. Wetzel presents Lebanon's Domestic Violence Intervention Center with nearly 4,000 cellphones

Corrections Secretary John Wetzel presented the Domestic Violence Intervention Center of Lebanon County nearly 4,000 cell phones. These phones have been seized from community corrections centers over the last two years and will go to help victims of domestic violence around the Commonwealth.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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New partnership offers free Uber rides to victims of domestic violence in Pittsburgh

New partnership offers free Uber rides to victims of domestic violence in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8) announced a new partnership Tuesday afternoon between ride-sharing company Uber and the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh to provide free ride for victims of domestic violence needing to get to safe shelter. 

“As Pittsburgh moves to a new economy and brings in new economic partners, we have to work together to also recognize the importance of corporate and social responsibility and making sure that we’re reaching out to the people of our communities when they need it most,” said the Councilman. “This partnership will enable victims to arrive at the shelter safely and free of charge.” 
Tuesday, January 24, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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Legislators join The Zonta Club to bring awareness to domestic violence

Legislators join The Zonta Club to bring awareness to domestic violence

Rep. Patty Kim (D-Dauphin) joined The Zonta Club of Harrisburg-Hershey in the Capitol Tuesday afternoon where they spoke out on the importance of preventing domestic violence.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Pittsburgh City Council legislation looks to protect housing options for victims of domestic violence

Pittsburgh City Council held a standing committee meeting last week to discuss and approve an amendment to an ordinance that would add perceived victims of domestic violence or stalking to the Pittsburgh City Housing Discrimination Code. 
 
The legislation, 2016-0047, is sponsored by Councilman Dan Gilman of District 8-which covers the neighborhoods of Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Oakland, and Point Breeze. 
 
“What we have heard has happened in the past is basically a landlord would say ‘I don’t want any trouble here’ because of a lot of police visits, because of a lot of loud noises, because of neighbor complaints of disturbances and victims end up losing their housing because they’re a victim of domestic violence,” said Councilman Gilman. 
 
“This legislation makes that illegal. We make it very clear that anyone who is a victim of domestic violence or stalking will not be discriminating against- whether it be evictions, lease renewals, mortgages or any other aspect of housing.”
Monday, June 13, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll

Legislation seeks to close domestic violence loophole

Rep. Becky Corbin (R-Chester) was supported by other legislators, two district attorneys, and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence Wednesday as she pushed for her legislation—House Bill 1581—which would make strangulation a felony offense.

Last year Pennsylvania had 97 deaths as a result of domestic violence and six of them involved strangulation, a crime advocates say does not fit “nicely” into current domestic violence offenses and can often leave no visible signals.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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