About Us

Delaware County Victim Assistance Center is a private non-profit agency founded in 1974. Delaware County Victim Assistance Center provides comprehensive direct services to any victim of rape, other sexual assault, and other serious crimes, and to significant persons in the victim's life. In addition, Delaware County Victim Assistance Center provides education programs to schools and community groups, as well as training for allied professionals, such as police, emergency responders, and medical personnel, both to increase community awareness of the impact of crime on victims, and to develop prevention strategies.

Statements & Documents
DCVAC Fact Sheet >
Statement on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion >
2021-2022 Form 990 >
Report on Audit of Financial Statements >
2021-2022 Annual Report >

Board of Directors

Chief David M. Splain

Venessa Scott, EdD

Margie Reiley

Linda DeMeglio

Lorie Fosbenner, DNP, RN

Jeanne L. Frantz

Captain Laura D. Hartshorn

Timothy Huke

Sheldon A. Kovach, JD

Chief James E. Nolan IV

Michelle Rotella, JD

Christine M. Tassoni

Osceola E. Williams

Sophia Zouras

Staff Management

Karen Hosler Kispert, PhD, Executive Director

Candice Linehan, MSW, LSW, Assistant Executive Director

Dana Leahan, Director, Crime Victims Services

Lauren Guenther, Director of Sexual Assault Services

Jennifer DiPillo, Esq., Director, Crime Victims Law Project

Kim Jester, Director, Education Department

Community Partnerships

Formal Agreement in Place (Memorandum of Understanding or other)

For Children’s Advocacy Center
• Family Support Line

For PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act)
• Chester SCI
• George Hill
• Glen Mills School
• Lima Detention Center

For "It’s On Us" Grant
• Cabrini University
• Neumann University
• Widener University

Delaware County Victim Assistance Center Participation

Alliance for Victim Services
DARN (Delco Area Resource Network)
Delaware County Against Trafficking
Delaware County Bar Association Board of Directors
Delaware County Bar Association Family Law Section
Delaware County Bar Association Women in the Law Section
Delaware County Homeless Services Coalition
Guy G. DeFuria Inn of Court
Upper Darby Township Weed and Seed
Voices for Children

Direct Services Cooperation

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
Children’s Advocacy Center/Family Support Line
Delaware County Children & Youth Services
Domestic Abuse Project
HIAS PA (immigration matters)
Law enforcement – local and federal
Legal Aid of Southeastern PA (LASP)
MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)
Neumann University Clothes Closet
PA Health Law Project
Parents of Murdered Children
Senior Victim Services, Office of the District Attorney
Victims Compensation

Referral Agencies for Additional Services for Clients

Aids Care Group
Child Guidance Resource Center
Community Hospital drug & alcohol and mental health programming
Crime Victims Center of Chester County
Dawn’s Place
Delaware County Crisis Connections
Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health
Food banks
Joseph J Peters Institute
Merakey &endash; behavioral health
Mirmont drug & alcohol and mental health programming
Mother’s Home
Nana’s Attic
New Day
Northwestern Human Services
Peter’s Place
Phoenix Center
Springfield Psychological

Prevention Education Venues: Elementary through Secondary, Public Schools

Delaware County Intermediate Unit
Chester School District
Chester Community Charter School
Garnet Valley School District
Haverford School District
Holy Child Academy
Interboro School District
Marple Newtown School District
Penn Delco School District
Radnor School District
Ridley School District
Rose Tree Media School District
Southeast Delco School District
Springfield School District
Upper Darby School District
Wallingford Swarthmore School District
William Penn School District

Prevention Education Venues: Elementary through Secondary, Private Schools

Archbishop John Carroll High School
Archbishop Prendergast & Monsignor Bonner High School
BVM Darby
Notre Dame de Namur
Sacred Heart Academy
St. Cyril

Prevention Education Venues: Post-High School

Cabrini University
Delaware County Community College
Swarthmore College
Valley Forge Military Academy
Villanova University
Widener University