A longtime advocate in the movement to end violence against women was honored Wednesday for her dedication to the cause.
Carole Alexy, whose career has spanned four decades, received a Women of Courage award from the Philadelphia-based Lutheran Settlement House, a 115-year-old social service organization.
Alexy is the longest serving employee at Susquehanna Twp.-based Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, which provides free and confidential services to nearly 90,000 victims of domestic violence each year.
Alexy has been with the coalition since 1983, but began her career as a founding volunteer at A Women’s Place, a domestic violence prevention organization and shelter in Bucks County. She worked at the shelter at a time when the next closest facility was 35 miles away.
During Alexy’s tenure at the Pennsylvania coalition, it has has grown to include 60 community-based domestic violence prevention programs serving all 67 Pennsylvania counties. The organization was founded in 1976.
Alexy now serves as assistant to the director for special projects, responsible for linking the world of government funding and regulations with the reality of managing daily life in local programs.
The 12th annual award ceremony, held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Philadelphia, serves as a fundraiser for Lutheran Settlement House.