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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…       Commonly accepted symbols of love, such as candy hearts, take on an entirely new meaning when you listen to the words in the poem below and see the text on the hearts. “I will track where you…

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.…

21st of August 2014

Technology – Helpful or Harmful?

In the July Blog, we talked about an example of technology being helpful by introducing our new RUSafe App, which connects victims of domestic violence and the people who care about them to life-saving resources. This app raises many questions on technology and its role in everyday life but particularly in relationships. There is no…

29th of July 2014

Women’s Center & Shelter Releases App!

What if downloading an app had the potential to save a life? Well, the new RUSafe App is doing just that. The app was created by Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh (WC&S) to help prevent domestic violence death and injuries by connecting victims, their families, and their friends to domestic violence services. What…