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Peace and Violence


 Services at No Charge (F)  Fee for Services ($)
 Sliding Scale (SS)  Insurance Accepted (I)
 Support Group (G)  Serving Berks County (B)
 Serving Lancaster County (L)  Hotline or Helpline (H)
 Appointment Necessary (A)  Drop-Ins Welcome (D)
 Multi-Lingual Services (M)  

Advocates Against Violence
Offering violence prevention educational programs for men, women, and children, bullying intervention programs and the H.A.L.T. program teaching at-risk youth safe & effective conflict resolution skills. (F, $, SS, G, B, L, H, A, D, M)
500 Buttonwood St., Reading, PA 19601

Berks Counseling Center
610-373-4281 ext. 204

Berks County Children & Youth Services

Berks Peace Community
Advocating for peaceful conflict resolution through demonstrations, rallies, lobbying and taking action for peace. (F, B)

Berks Talkline, Inc.
A confidential, nonjudgmental listening service for youth and adults, also acting as a liaison between youth and adults and community agencies. (F, BC, H)
P. O. Box 13234, Reading, PA 19612
Office: 610-921-9820
800-472-TALK · 610-374-TALK
(800-472-8255 · 610-374-8255

Berks Women in Crisis
Committed to the elimination of interpersonal and institutional violence within our community. Prevention of spouse and sexual abuse, rape victim services, shelters for women and children. (F, B, L, A, M)
645 Penn Street, 2nd Floor, Reading, PA 19601
Hotlines: 610-372-9540 (English)
610-372-7463 (Spanish)

Boyertown Area Unity Coalition
Working to create and nurture a caring community climate in which respect for all persons young and old is cultivated and which bigotry is rejected. (B)
Meeting 2nd Mon. monthly at Columbkill's Church
200 Indian Spring Rd., Boyertown, PA 19512

Child Find of America, Inc.
Locates missing children through active investigation, prevents child abduction through education and resolves incidents of parental abduction with mediation in custody disputes. (F, B, L, H)
243 Main St., P.O. Box 277, New Paltz, NY 12561

ChildLine Suspected Child Abuse Hotline
800-932-0313 24-hr/7days/week

Conflict Resolution Task Force
Meeting monthly, county-wide to address hate crimes and discrimination. (F, B, M)
645 Penn St., 2nd Fl., Reading, PA 19601

CONTACT Lancaster Helpline
24-hr. help center offering free, confidential, anonymous helplines for adults, teens and children, staffed by experienced, well-trained volunteers. (F, L, H)
134 E. King St., Lancaster, PA 19602

Helpline: 717-299-4855
Teen Line/Kids Line: 717-394-2000
TTY: 717-299-7184

Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster Co.
Provides a protective residence and counseling for victims of domestic violence, presentations to schools on dating violence and healthy choices, and community education support groups. (F, G, B, L, H, A, D, M)
P.O. Box 359, Lancaster, PA 17608
Hotline: 717- 299-1249

Encounter Parent Education Program
Offering parenting classes that focus on healthy, active parenting including nurturing, age appropriate expectations, discipline and stress management, with free childcare and transportation available. (F, L)
Serving Lancaster, PA

Families of Homicide Victims Support Group
A support group for survivors or extended family members of homicide victims, either by vehicle or murder. (F, G, B, L)
Mellinger Mennonite Church
1916 Lincoln Highway E., Lancaster, PA 17602

Groups for Kids of Domestic Violence Families
Education and interactive, creative exercises for children of domestic violence ages 6 - 17, focusing on identifying and expressing feelings, coping skills, and how to stay safe. (B)
Berks Advocates Against Violence
500 Buttonwood St., Reading, PA 19601

Healthy Communities/Healthy Youth Initiative
Working to communicate the message of the 40 assets for positive growth that all children need to succeed, through training sessions, resources and materials. (F, B)
501 Washington St., Reading, PA 19603

Lancaster Mediation Center
Providing mediation and training services including a program for teens who have interacted with the criminal justice system, school-based peer mediation training, family mediation. ($, SS, B, L)
225 W. King St., Lancaster, PA 17603

Manheim Township Community Life Task Force
Addressing cultural tolerance, domestic and youth violence and other issues to provide a safe community and enhance the quality of life. Meeting 1st Thurs. monthly 7 - 9 pm.
1825 Municipal Dr., Lancaster, PA 17601
717-569-6401 Ext. 705

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Information and referral service for people being abused by their partners. (F, B, L, H, M)

PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Information and referrals to PA shelters and centers. Offers training on a fee for services basis to professionals or others. (F, $)
PA Hotline: 800-932-4632
TTY: 800-553-2508

Peace Center
Working with schools, families and community groups in conflict resolution and violence prevention, and offering an accumulation of peaceful parenting articles and help via their website.
102 W. Maple Ave., Langhorne, PA 19047

Peace Information Center
Offering educational information and programs focusing on peaceful conflict resolution, with a monthly television program, speakers, essay contests and poetry celebrations all focusing on peace. Meeting 1st Mon. Monthly 7 pm. (F, B)
108 N. 6th St., Reading, PA 19601

Prevention educators helping students reduce violence through support groups that offer alternatives to violence and classroom presentations. (F, B)
501 Washington St., Suite 803, Reading, PA 19601

PEAKS (People Effectively Assisting Kids to Succeed)
A 3-day retreat and year-round community involvement project to prevent violence and substance abuse among adolescents, along with teaching them leadership skills. (F, L)
630 Janet Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601

Sexually Abused Children and Youth Support Group
Offering support groups for youth of all ages who have been sexually abused or assaulted when there is sufficient need and interest in a support group in the community. (F, G, L, H)
YWCA, 110 N. Lime St., Lancaster, PA 17602
717-392-7273 24-hr. hotline
717-393-1735 YWCA

Significant Others Of Sexual Assault Survivors Group
An ongoing support group for anyone close to someone who has been sexually abused or assaulted (parents, partners, spouses, friends, relatives, etc.). (F, G, L)
YWCA, 110 N. Lime St. Lancaster, PA 17602

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Victim/Witness Services of the Office of the District Attorney
Providing timely information, comfort, support and assistance to crime victims, witnesses and family members; advocating for victims' rights; helping empower victims in the healing process. (F, L, D, M)
50 N. Duke St., Lancaster, PA 17608

Women’s Bridge House, SAFE House, and DUI-II House
The Reading & Berks County YMCA provides the Women’s Bridge House, SAFE House, and DUI-II House, as well as eight other housing programs that serve a variety of populations. Program participants learn living skills, budgeting and employment skills as they work towards self-sufficiency. (B, A, $)
631 Washington Street
Reading, PA 19603


Youth Peace Council
Teenagers promoting safe schools and safe community initiatives through peer mediation, role modeling and community events. (F, L, M)
Lanc. Co. Intermediate Unit 13
717-569-6410 ext. 416, Det. Larry Mathias


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