PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Coalition for Victim Advocacy (PCVA) is a membership coalition of organizations and individuals that provide direct services, advocacy, and assistance to victims, co-victims, and witnesses of crime in Philadelphia.  Our members have seen time and time again the irrevocable consequences that gun violence has not only on individuals, but on their families, friends and wider communities.  We support a pro-active approach to tackling gun violence in our city so that there will be fewer victims struggling to cope with this problem in our local communities.

From the organizers: As a coalition of agencies that focus on assistance to victims, we know first-hand the damage done to countless lives by gun violence.  People are not born victims, they are victimized by others who infringe on their personal rights and in cases where a gun is involved, the results are often deadly.  Together as a community we need to be proactive in our approach to dealing with gun violence in our city.