The threats and abuse of intimate partner violence can leave you feeling lost and alone. Women’s Center & Shelter is here to offer hope for victims of domestic abuse.
If you or someone you know is experiencing any form of domestic abuse, you can call our free and confidential 24-Hour Hotline at 412-687-8005 ext. 1 to inquire about receiving information, support and help from one of our specially trained Advocates. We are here to help you explore your feelings, understand your options and make plans for change.
2015-2016: Women’s Center & Shelter provided 323 adult victims of domestic violence with 3,045 hours of non-resident counseling and emotional support.
Finding Help for Domestic Abuse through Shared Experiences
Our Advocates can connect you with support groups to learn about domestic abuse, gain support from other survivors, and grow stronger through shared experiences.
Women’s Center & Shelter’s domestic abuse support groups are built around the S.E.L.F. model, which promotes healing from domestic violence and trauma in a safe and positive manner. The “S.E.L.F. Groups” are psycho-educational support groups that encourage clients to explore:
- Safety – creating a space safe from physical, emotional and moral abuse
- Emotions – how feelings such as fear, sadness and anger teach us about ourselves, as well as how to manage feelings in a healthy way
- Loss – understanding and feeling grief as it relates to domestic violence and trauma
- Future – exploring what life might look like after a personal history of abuse and trauma
Actionable Therapy and Support Groups
In addition to open discussions and education, these groups use experience-based methods and activities to provide further insight into the effects of domestic abuse and how to cope with the complex emotions that it produces. Examples of this type of practice include practicing grounding techniques, art therapy, mindfulness meditation, controlled breathing, journaling and writing, positive movement, and music therapy.
We know that domestic violence is not a mental health problem, but a serious public health concern that affects 1 in 4 women in America. However, trauma can cause more complex issues such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder to surface. For those clients who are interested in exploring their trauma in a more personal way, individual therapy can be arranged.
Services for Families
Women’s Center & Shelter Advocates can also offer free, confidential sessions for relatives of domestic violence victims who are struggling with the trauma of what has happened to their loved one. Witnessing or experiencing domestic abuse can also be very damaging for children, which is why we also offer a specialized Children’s Program that focuses on education, understanding and support.