Domestic Violence (COWADVA)

In January 2018 the PFC Coalition partnered with God's Giving Women to bring together women organizations in Prince George's County to address our concerns with how domestic violence funding is being allocated.

After several planning meetings, we realized there needed to be a centralized voice around domestic violence.

In March 2018, the Coalition of Women Against Domestic Violence and Abuse (COWADVA) was formed.

The mission is to elevate awareness, increase advocacy, and generate action on behalf of those impacted by domestic violence and abuse.

COWADVA's mission is centered around three primary goals:

(1) Engagement
(2) Education
(3) Empowerment

The Committee members include:



Dr. Debyii Sababu-Thomas (Chair)

God's Winning Women Worldwide Ministries, Inc.

Sandy Pruitt (Co-Chair)

People for Change Coalition

Gretchen Lofland

100 Black Women Coalition of Prince George's County

Evelyn Jenkins

National Congress of Black Women (Prince George's County)

Diana Dendoba

National Congress of Black Women (Prince George's County)

Carolyn Washington

Sisters for Sisters

Lynette Smith

Southern Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Women's Ministry

Lauren Fairley

Nonprofit Grant Consultant

Kathy McKnight

Bound for Better

Sylvia Johnson


Some of the goals include:

(1) Assess service areas of our domestic violence service providers, nonprofits and businesses

(2) Implement outreach campaigns

(3) Create opportunties to establish partnerships and collaboration

(4) Host educational and informational events (town halls, workshops, webinars, and conferences)

(5) Develop and implement training programs

(6) Equip survivors with techniques, resources and opportunities

(7) Provide preventive tools and strategies to enhance advocay and action

(8) Identify grant opportunties around domestic violence