Domestic Violence Services is excited to launch our 2022 campaign Connect the Dots. This year, we are connecting the dots by helping people understand the linkages between the individuals, businesses, and government and nonprofit agencies that help our community thrive. Each month, you’ll have the chance to tune into our Connect the Dots video series that dives into a local red flag issue and shows you how we can work together to address it. Our individual and collective successes are interdependent; in fact, the red flags and blue ribbons in our community can only be addressed by all of us working together.
Violence takes many forms, including intimate partner violence, sexual violence, child maltreatment, bullying, suicidal behavior, and elder abuse and neglect. These forms of violence are interconnected and often share the same root causes. They can also all take place under one roof, or in a given community or neighborhood and can happen at the same time or at different stages of life. Understanding the overlapping causes of violence and the things that can protect people and communities is important, and can help us better address violence in all its forms.
Connecting the Dots
- Advocates’ Responsibilities for Increasing Privacy, Upholding Confidentiality, and Promoting Safety
- Reproductive Abuse and Coercion in the Context of Domestic Violence
The DVS Spring Mixer is scheduled for Thursday, May 26, 2022 from 5:30 – 7:30pm at the Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum.
The DVS Fall Mixer is scheduled for Thursday, October, 2022, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at 26 East King Street.
To expand our reach, we will ask you to bring a potential new friend or supporter at no additional cost. At the Mixers, we’ll have the opportunity to get to know one another better – and learn about what is happening at DVS in a fun, indoor/outdoor venue with music, light food, and drinks.
DVS “Circles of Support”
DVS is a catalyst to end domestic violence in Lancaster County through direct service, advocacy and social change. As a catalyst for change we seek to build and deepen our partnerships and support throughout Lancaster County to better support survivors and ultimately, to achieve a safer community.
We hope that you will join us on this very important mission!
Circle conversations have deep roots in many cultures around the world. Circles are used to make decisions, create accountability, and build community. The women who started the movement to end domestic violence originally gathered around kitchen tables offering support to one another, problem-solving, and organizing their communities to address this critical issue.
In 2022 DVS will return to our roots in the movement through Circles of Support. This is an opportunity for DVS staff members to get to know our neighbors and our community through small group conversations. We will talk about domestic violence, the challenges that survivors face, the resources they need to achieve safety, stability and wellness, and how we as a community can collectively support them.
Please invite us to talk with your neighborhood or community group, service organization, faith-based group, workplace, or other affinity groups. There is no financial commitment to host a Circle of Support… and many ways that you can get involved! You can learn more about these opportunities by contacting Angela Keen, Community Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org OR CLICK HERE.
How Can I Help?
Do you want to help domestic violence survivors, but you aren’t sure what you can do? We’re here to help.
We hope you will join us in standing up for survivors in October and always. Here’s how you can get involved:
- Sign up to be an advocate.
- Start a Facebook Fundraiser.
- Set up a monthly donation.
- Share your story.
- Become a sponsor
- Attend the events
- Circle of Support
Sponsorships are available and the key to our success! We will seek business, organizational and individual sponsorships for our year-long series of events – as a package. Sponsors will receive even more recognition than in the past, as they will be featured at the various events throughout the year. Learn more about being a DVS: Trailblazer, Visionary, Dreamer and Friend:
For more information, please contact:
Kristy Aurand • Phone: 717-299-7388, ext. 3032 • Email: email@example.com
Lenny Walton & Linda Gort
Angie’s Custom Cleaning LLC
Tony & Sherry Chivinski
The GIANT Company
Highmark/Penn State Health
Inspire Her Within by Rebeka Fillmore
McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC.
Michael & Fran Kane
Schwanger Brothers & Co.
Tom & Barbra Smithgall
TW Ponessa & Associates
UPMC Central PA and UPMC Health Plan
About Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster County (DVS) – DVS is a catalyst to eliminate domestic violence in Lancaster County through direct service, advocacy, and social change. DVS offers 24/7 hotline and text line, emergency shelter, counseling, children’s programming, legal advocacy and representation, and transitional housing. All services are free of charge and strictly confidential. DVS hosts professional trainings and community education and prevention sessions for schools, businesses and community and faith-based organizations. For more information, visit caplanc.org/DVS.
About Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County (CAP) – The Community Action Partnership is Lancaster County’s largest anti-poverty organization, helping low income families move toward self-sufficiency. CAP’s service profile interrupts inter-generational poverty with programs that support families and individuals at every age and place in life, in the areas of education and child development, health and nutrition, household stability and safety and empowerment. For more information, visit www.caplanc.org.