What is Domestic Abuse?
Domestic abuse is an ongoing pattern of controlling behaviors used to physically, emotionally, sexually, and psychologically exert power over a current or former intimate partner or family member.
Abuse is often cyclical in nature and will not go away. It usually gets worse and increases in frequency over time.
Domestic Abuse may include:
- Using a knife, gun or other weapon
- Humiliation, name calling, use of profanity
- Deliberate embarrassment
- Control of another’s movement & activities
- Isolation from friends and family, including actual imprisonment
- Control of financial resources
- Withholding information or resources
- Intimidation through the abuse of children or pets
- Forcing unwanted sexual acts
- Physically attacking another’s sexual parts
- Refusing to practice safe sex
Who We Are
DAP was founded in 1976 as part of an effort to provide safety, advocacy and supportive services to victims of domestic abuse not otherwise available within Delaware County. Today, DAP remains the sole Delaware County provider of services exclusively to victims of domestic violence of all 49 municipalities.
Empowering victims of abuse and domestic violence prevention are core to DAP’s mission and accomplishments. Annually thousands of victims of abuse and their children are supported through the 24/7 hotline, emergency safe shelter, counseling and legal advocacy.
In addition to direct services to victims of domestic violence and their children, DAP maintains Nana’s Attic Thrift Store. Opened in February of 2002 as a source of earned income for the Agency, the thrift store is also a resource for residents of the safe house and their children.
DAP continues to rely on community support to meet the needs of victims of abuse. Get Involved!
DAP Brochure with information about services and how you can help: DAP Brochure.
2019-2020 Board of Directors
DAP is governed by a volunteer board of directors who provide fiduciary oversite to ensure good governance and accountability.
Lyn B. Schoenfeld, President
Barbara L. Pollarine, Vice President
Kathy D. Gaval, Ed.D, Treasurer
Sonia Di Valerio, Esq., Secretary
William L. Baldwin, Esquire
Sekela Coles, Ph.D., MBA
Kevin J. Gloviak, CPA
Chief Thomas J. Murray, Jr.
William Tyson, MBA
Pastor Julia Singleton
John R. Donaphon, MBA, CPA
Vicki L. Kushto, Esquire
Julie, Avalos, Executive Director
The Executive Director and department leads monitor agency needs and maximize resources in order to strengthen DAP’s mission.
- Julie Avalos, Executive Director
- Kerry Hogg, Controller
- Kristen Ferraro, Esq., Director of Legal Services (Legal and Law Enforcement Training)
- Matthew Illich, MS, Director of Facilities
- Joy Cason, Shelter Manager
- Elizabeth Braccia-Hubbard, LSW, Counseling Manager (Counseling and Hotline)
- Cecilia Jenkins, Director of Development
- Shannon Marriott, Staff Experience Manager
- Nicole Powell, MS, Community Education Manager
National Domestic Violence Hotline: blogs, articles and live chat availability: http://www.thehotline.org/
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence: national and state statistics, state resources and articles: http://www.pcadv.org
National Network to End Domestic Violence: national news and resources: http://nnedv.org/
DomesticShelters.org: blogs, resources and articles about dv shelters: https://www.domesticshelters.org/
FUTURES without Violence: blogs, resources and re-designed website: Workplaces Respond to Domestic and Sexual Violence: A National Resource Center
Outreach efforts in hospitals, local businesses, middle and high schools, universities and the faith community are critical toward DAP’s prevention goal. Learn more about our Community Outreach.