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Mental Illness is a Disorder, Not a Decision

In domestic violence relationships, batterers may use a victim’s mental health diagnosis to convince law enforcement that victims are to be blamed for violence. Such misrepresentation results in victims being arrested and subsequently having criminal records.
Posted: June 20th, 2018 | Permalink

Make a Donation to Make a Difference

Oftentimes, when a woman comes to our shelter she arrives with nothing except for the clothes on her back. During our intake process, something that our advocates frequently hear is, “I need to go home to get clothes or diapers for my baby.”
Posted: April 16th, 2018 | Permalink

2018 Teen Summit

Through hands-on activities, workshops and teen-led sessions, this event helped teens and adults grow in understanding each other’s perspectives and generate a plan of action for addressing dating violence to take back to their own communities.
Posted: March 26th, 2018 | Permalink

Mission: Breaking the Cycle

Some things go unnoticed; the blue flourish of a bruise that hides under the surface of a sweater, the residual scars of humiliation, the gradual disappearance of self-esteem that leaves behind a shell of a human being. Abuse travels silently, a dangerous aggressor that hides in sleepless nights, in passive text messages, in the solitary confinement of an apartment building. If its best friend is darkness, this signifies its weakness as light; thus, the sole way to inhibit its progression is to shed some light on the situation.
Posted: February 22nd, 2018 | Permalink

40 Stories - Nancy Friauf

"PADV is there for women when they call at 3 am, or the woman that comes to shelter on Saturday with nothing but the clothes on her back and her child in her arms. We are there for teens at the teen summit to help them create safe and healthy relationships, and we are in the courthouse helping scared women get TPOs."
Posted: December 26th, 2017 | Permalink