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7th of November 2019

Abuse or Homelessness: The Choice No Survivor Should Have to Make

Escaping a home where an abuser maintains control does not always equal freedom for women facing intimate partner violence (IPV). Often, it is a path directly to the streets. IPV is a proven cause of housing instability and homelessness for women and families.[1]  After enduring the trauma of abuse, a survivor may not have the…


28th of August 2019

A Day in the Life of a Child at Women’s Center & Shelter

“Mom seems really upset lately. I asked her what was wrong, and she didn’t answer me. She used to always greet me with a smile when I got back from school, which I never see anymore. I think she’s afraid of Dad; he always gets really angry when he’s around her. They always tell me…


29th of July 2019

Want to be a Corporate Volunteer? Here’s how!

Have you ever wanted to give your employees the chance to bond outside of the office? Have you wondered if there was a way to participate in team building while having employees do meaningful work? Do you and your employees want to make a difference in the communities where you live and work? Our corporate…


18th of June 2019

Abuse is Abuse: Recognizing Domestic Violence in LGBTQ+ Relationships

Abuse Still Happens in LGBTQ+ Relationships. Put yourself in the shoes of a victim of an abusive relationship. Imagine the feelings of hopelessness, powerlessness, fear, and desperation. Think about how it would feel to be trapped, yet too scared to ask for help to find a way out. What if people didn’t think your relationship…


14th of May 2019

How Seeking Help is Different for Refugees, Immigrants, and Limited-English Speakers

Imagine that you left your war-torn country for a better life for you and children. But now the war zone is re-established in your new home, and your husband is at the forefront. You plan to leave with your children in the middle night, trying to take only what is necessary. As you reach to…


24th of April 2019

Celebrating Survivors 2019: Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Sgt. Eric Kroll and the late Joyce McAneny to be Honored

Our premier event is almost here!  Celebrating Survivors, will take place at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh the evening of Friday, April 26, 2019. Sponsored by UPMC Health Plan, this event celebrates survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV), remembers those who have lost their lives to IPV, and will honor Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Sergeant…


7th of November 2018

Adopt- A-Family: ‘Tis the Season for Giving the Gift of Empowerment!

The holiday season is full of love and joy. It’s a time to sit back, enjoy some hot chocolate, and feel cozy in a blanket while surrounded by your loved ones. Think back–do you remember a time when you received a special present? As a kid, maybe it was the toy Barbie doll, truck, stuffed…


3rd of October 2018

4 Ways to Honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month at WC&S

Think of your friends, family, and coworkers. Think of all your loved ones. One might assume that domestic violence has no impact on them; that it is something you might hear on the news but is someone else’s problem. Whether or not you are directly impacted by DV, it IS an issue that everyone should…


16th of July 2018

Domestic Violence: How to Cope with Trauma

It takes you about one minute to make your bed in the morning. During this minute and while preparing for the day, about 20 people in the United States are abused by an intimate partner. Those that are abused by an intimate partner are also survivors of trauma. Trauma can have negative long-term mental and…


20th of June 2018

RUSafe: How to Save a Life With an App!

The news. Online. Through social media. And often overheard in a hushed conversation. The subject of domestic abuse is all around us. We hear about it. And we know someone needs to do something about it. But are we that someone? What can we do to help put an end to the violence and abuse…