Statewide billboard campaign asks men to do more to prevent domestic violence

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) has placed billboards around the state, including two in the Harrisburg area, to raise awareness.

The billboards are located on 322 near Mushroom Hill Road, and another along Jonestown Road. The goal is to engage men to become more active in the prevention of domestic violence.

PCADV is asking men to initiate conversations with children, especially with boys about healthy relationships.

According to the PCADV, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will be a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. One in 3 teens will be a victim of dating violence.

Kristen Herman is in charge of prevention efforts with PCADV, she says most men are not abusers, and they can be a big influence on efforts to curb the problem.

“Older men or fathers or mentors can learn about the movement,” said Herman, “They can start having the conversations, so they can role model healthy relationship, and the kids can learn healthy relationships.”

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