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Department Of Justice Awards Over $270,000 To “Pa Coalitions Against Rape And Domestic Violence” To Combat Sexual Assault And Domestic Violence

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

HARISBURG –Acting U.S. Attorney Bruce D. Brandler announced that the Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) has awarded $172,076 to “PA Coalition Against Rape,” located in Enola, Pennsylvania, to help combat sexual assault, and $98,706 to “PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence,” located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to help combat domestic violence.

OVW’s grant to “PA Coalition Against Rape” (PCAR) will build on and sustain on PCAR’s prior efforts to enhance services to under and unserved communities impacted by sexual harassment, abuse, and assault.  Funding from this grant helps support local efforts to improve services and infrastructure to better serve all members of communities impacted by sexual violence. The grant also supports internal workgroups, staff learning opportunities, ongoing technical assistance, and collaboration with network of rape crisis centers and statewide partners.  This funding affords PCAR the opportunity to build internal racial justice and language access work by continuing to work in partnership with culturally specific organizations.

OVW’s grant to “PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence” (PCADV) is foundational to continuing to support and grow PCADV’s primary initiatives that support the core of its mission.  The funding allows for sustainability of key training and technical assistance, and public awareness activities that support core initiatives at the statewide and local levels. The initiatives include:

  • Impact of domestic violence on children;
  • Intimate partner violence in later life (IPVILL);
  • Helping underserved populations;
  • Providing safe housing;
  • Ending abuse in the LGBTQ+ community;
  • Economic justice and empowerment;
  • The intersection of domestic violence and animal abuse;
  • Lethality Assessment Program (LAP);
  • Civil Legal Representation (CLR); and
  • Medical Advocacy.

“The awards we are making this year will touch the lives of millions of survivors of violence and help our nation end these devastating crimes,” said Allison Randall, OVW Acting Director. “OVW is proud to be the leading federal voice in the country’s fight against sexual and domestic violence.”

“This funding provides the Coalition with important support of its infrastructure, which is rare but extremely necessary to ensure PCAR has the capacity to provide support for local sexual assault services programs,” stated COO Joyce Lukima.

“The DOJ OVW State Coalition grant funding is essential for sustaining our fundamental projects,” said Susan Higginbotham, CEO, PCADV. “It funds state-level training and technical assistance for intersectional initiatives and resources that enable our local programs to serve more survivors, especially those in underserved communities.”   

OVW provides leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to reduce violence through the implementation of the Violence Against Women Act and subsequent legislation. Created in 1995, OVW administers financial and technical assistance to communities across the country that are developing programs, policies and practices aimed at ending domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. In addition to overseeing federal grant programs, OVW undertakes initiatives in response to special needs identified by communities facing acute challenges. Learn more at


Updated October 13, 2021