New local 24-hour domestic violence hotline numbers went into effect Friday.
The numbers for Adams County are 717-420-2135 and 888-547-2405, according to Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) Chief Public Affairs Officer Julie Bancroft.
The county’s longtime provider of domestic violence services, Survivors Inc., closed June 28 due to funding issues. Survivors’ shelter was included in the shutdown.
Short-term funding for domestic violence services in Adams County is in place through Sept. 30 while a long-term provider is sought, PCADV announced last week. PCADV said it plans to release a request for proposals for “core services” including shelter, counseling, a hotline, education about options in the legal system, and more.
Meanwhile, the YWCA York-Victim Assistance Center will provide support services for victims of sexual harassment, abuse, and assault who live in Adams County, according to a release on the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) website.
Adams County officials acted this week to add a trained, experienced, full-time after-hours domestic violence advocate position within the county’s Victim Witness Program. The position is to be funded with dollars budgeted for an unfilled part-time advocate position, and is to continue until a new service provider is in place, officials said. The position is also to assist victims of sexual assault and human trafficking, officials said.
The after-hours advocate can be reached by calling 9-1-1 and asking for the on-call advocate to be paged, according to a county news release.