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 understand. In reality, one in three women are physically assaulted and 48% of women experience at least one form of psychological aggression by their partner in their lifetime. Domestic violence is not limited to any socio-economic class, race, location, or sexual orientation; it occurs everywhere, every day. So, think of your loved ones again. Do you want to help them? Let’s recognize the problem and help those who are suffering in silence!
What is Domestic Violence Awareness Month?
Domestic Violence Awareness Month occurs every October. The purpose is to show support and help victims of domestic violence as well as educate people on the impact DV can have on someone’s life, and the overall community. DVAM gives a voice to survivors and shares the message that intimate partner violence should not ever be tolerated.
Want to get involved in Domestic Violence Awareness Month at WC&S? Here are four ways you can help make an impact on those are experiencing DV.
DVAM Purple Happy Hour
WC&S recognizes the importance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month! What better way to have you join our efforts in raising awareness than by hosting a Happy Hour, right?! It’s the perfect opportunity to have fun and also shed light on how to get involved. Time is running out to RSVP and get tickets, so click here to get the details today!
Donate the Essentials
Many survivors come to us with nothing except a plastic bag full of a few items they could grab before fleeing home. Can you imagine going someplace, not knowing how long you’ll be there, what you’ll need day-to-day, or what basics you’ll have access to? Your support is crucial in helping residents until they are able to heal and begin a new life, free from violence. Take a look here to see the most up-to-date list of essentials.
Does your company ask you to help out your local community by racking up volunteer hours? Get your coworkers together for various corporate volunteer opportunities that we have here at WC&S! Whether it is by keeping the Shelter clean so our residents feel at home, throwing a party for the littlest survivors in our Children’s Program, or preparing a delicious meal for the residents, there are plenty of ways you can show support for survivors of domestic violence.
Download the RUSafe App
Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh has worked to provide you with safety at your fingertips! Download the free RUSafe app which assesses the potential harm one might have and an abusive relationship. The RUSafe app informs users of nearby, safe locations to go to, includes an agency directory for domestic abuse support services, and uses a secure journal tool.
If you or someone you know is a victim of DV, please reach out to us. We provide a 24-Hour Hotline at (412) 687-8005, Emergency Shelter, Children’s Program, Support Groups, Legal Advocacy, Medical Advocacy, and more. Know you are not alone and we are always here to help.
To learn more about resources provided by Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh please click here. If you or someone you know is looking to get more involved or want to help WC&S of Greater Pittsburgh, please visit how to help. Every donation counts and is a big help to survivors of domestic violence in the Pittsburgh area, please donate today.