York, PA – (January 17, 2018) YWCA York, in partnership with YWCA Hanover, York County Judicial Center and the York Daily Record, has been named by Central Penn Business Journal (CPBJ) as a finalist for their 2018 Nonprofit Innovation Award for Collaborative Innovation regarding efforts to better serve victims of domestic violence in York County. The Nonprofit Innovation Awards honor local organizations who demonstrate innovation in their daily operations. The winner and runner-up in each category will be revealed at the 19th annual CPBJ breakfast event on Thursday, April 12 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg.
Last year, YWCA York and YWCA Hanover combined efforts with York County Judicial Center to better serve domestic violence victims who seek protection from their abuser by arranging for YWCA Legal Advocates to staff the York County Protection From Abuse (PFA) Office. This unique collaboration – a first among the over 200 YWCAs across the country – was prompted by a York Daily Record news story on the disturbingly high number of domestic violence incidents in York County, then ranked 3rd in the state for domestic violence related fatalities. While efforts from a decade-long partnership between York County Judicial Center, YWCA York and YWCA Hanover existed, the need for an even stronger partnership became clear. A community dialogue occurred and, as a result, YWCA Victim Advocates began staffing the York County PFA office.
Today, every individual who seeks a PFA is greeted by a trauma-informed YWCA Victim Advocate. The benefits of this are tremendous. In the first year of this partnership, 724 individuals who sought to file a PFA benefitted from trauma-informed options counseling compared to only 125 the previous year. YWCA Victim Advocates have the ability to provide victims with information and legal options so they may determine if a PFA is the right course of legal action for their situation. Furthermore, YWCA Victim Advocates provide safety planning during which time the advocate and victim determine specific interventions to increase the victim’s safety. Advocates also provide information and referral, through which victims learn about the resources available to help live independent from their abuser.
“The message is clear that truly impactful change can take place when communities build partnerships, facilitate dialogue, and work together to grow,” said YWCA York CEO, Jean M. Treuthart. “YWCA York, YWCA Hanover, and York County Judicial Center have been partners for over a decade in this work to better serve victims of domestic violence. We are extraordinarily grateful to the York Daily Record for probing deep into our work, which promulgated a stronger and more affective strategy to serve victims.”
If you would like to learn more about YWCA York’s victim services, please log onto www.ywcayork.org. For additional information, please contact Crystal Patterson, YWCA York’s Marketing Coordinator, at 717-845-2631, x111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT YWCA York
YWCA York is a nonprofit organization with the mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. Chartered in 1891, YWCA York has a long and rich history of creating opportunities for women’s growth, leadership and power through a common vision: peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Over 23,000 people are serve each year through the programs and services offered throughout York County. Worldwide, the YWCA impacts more than 25 million people in over 120 countries. For information about the YWCA York, visit our website, www.ywcayork.org.