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13th of October 2017

Do PFAs Work? Can the Legal System Help Women of Domestic Violence More?

Is there more the legal system can do to help women of Domestic Violence? The recent tragic death of Alina Sheykhet at the hands of her ex-boyfriend has raised questions and concerns about PFAs. Alina had taken this step, with the support of her family, to obtain this legal order. Sadly, even this did not…


7th of September 2017

Calling All Caped Crusaders: WC&S has Joined the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge!

You reach in your purse to pay for something and don’t have your wallet. Embarrassing right? Now imagine you are a woman trying to escape Domestic Violence. You know you have to get out, you want to get out, and you are ready. In fact, you know if you don’t get out now there may…


23rd of February 2017

Demi’s Story

One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend. In addition to this, girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average. Demi Brae Cuccia was a vibrant, young…


14th of February 2017

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Dating violence among teens and young adults is more common than most people think. Scarily, 1 in 3 teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults.[i] These are high school students and college students – our daughters, sisters and…


24th of January 2017

Bringing Awareness to Intimate Partner Violence

Some Relationships Are Not As They Appear   That’s because domestic abuse is often hidden…       Many of you have heard Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh’s radio spot titled “Poem for the Woman I Love” playing on local radio stations recently. Or, perhaps you have seen our outdoor billboards with the…


28th of December 2016

Helping Women and Children of Domestic Violence

Margaret never thought it would happen to her. She had a good job, a nice home, wonderful children and supportive friends and family. But Margaret had something else, a secret. As she looked outside at the holiday lights strung in her neighbor’s yard, it seemed so peaceful. Inside is where her secret reigned. No one,…


19th of December 2016

Roxanne’s Story

Roxanne first experienced abuse at a point in her life when everything is meant to be safe and you are supposed to be protected –her childhood. She horrifically endured childhood sexual abuse, leading into her teen years where she experienced teen dating violence. Before Roxanne had even reached adulthood, she had suffered multiple rapes. This…


6th of February 2015

WC&S Groups Aim to Help Heal, continued…

Last month you learned about some of Women’s Center & Shelter’s support groups (At The Table, Life Skills and Career Development). This month we want to share with you some of our other support groups that we offer to shelter clients of WC&S. Continue reading to learn more! RECOVERY GROUP – WC&S’ Recovery Group facilitators…


15th of January 2015

WC&S’ Support Groups Aim to Help Heal

At Women’s Center & Shelter, not only is it extremely important to ensure the physical safety of our shelter residents but it’s also important to help with their emotional safety and healing process. We help our residents by offering a variety of groups—giving them the options to pick which ones interest them. WC&S wants to share some of…


16th of September 2014

How To Talk To Your Children About Domestic Violence Media Coverage

We know that parents may have questions on how to handle discussions with their children regarding the recent media coverage of Ray Rice battering his wife.  We thought it may be helpful to provide some tips and resources regarding this matter. A great resource provides tips for discussing fallen celebrities with your child or children.…