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1st of March 2018

Survivor Story: How You Helped Isabelle Blossom

Because of your help, one woman, a new mother, was able to turn her entire life around. Isabel’s entire body hurt. It was heavy, as if lifting her arm to comfort her sweet baby was just too much to bear. She could no longer tell if it was the pain from the abuse the night […]

16th of November 2017

Purple Purse Pittsburgh Challenge: Heroes, You Did It!!

Ending Financial Abuse so that Women and Children of Domestic Abuse can have better lives. This was the first time Women’s Center & Shelter joined in this friendly fundraising competition and you went above and beyond to support women in your community. Because of your generosity, so many women will now have the help that […]

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… 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 are. I’ll decide whom […]

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 […]

26th of October 2016

Patty’s Journey Forward

Patty did not pick up on the red flags that began to arise as the relationship grew. Her partner began to cut off her communications with family and friends. Patty thought this behavior proved that he must really love her because he wanted to spend all of his time with her.