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Domestic Violence Awareness Month – October 2020

“DV And…” Lunch and Learn Series

The “Domestic Violence (DV) And…” Series (DVAS) is a four-part online informational series that explores the intersection of domestic violence and issues like gender and racial identity, finances and housing, and family health. These sessions were modeled around the topics most commonly asked about by volunteers, community partners, and supporters. These live webinar sessions took place during October 2020 Domestic Violence Awareness Month and were recorded and made available to the public.

DV And… Series:

DV and Identity


  • Rhonda, Director of Education & Outreach
  • Sing, Specialty Legal Advocate (RIL Team)
  • Avi, LGBTQ Outreach Advocate

Domestic violence can affect anyone, but that doesn’t mean it affects everyone equally. Learn how domestic violence impacts racial minorities, immigrants & refugees, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community – and what WC&S is doing to address these disparities.

Watch the recording here.

DV and Families

In memory of Ted and Sherley Craig


  • Carla, Director of Programs
  • Sabrina, Legal Director

The effects of domestic violence don’t end with the abuser and the survivor; they reach the whole family – parents, children, and yes, even pets. Learn about the complex work WC&S does to help survivors keep their families together while escaping from an abusive home.

Watch the recording here.

DV and Money


  • Joy, INC Program Manager
  • Julia, Rapid Re-housing Coordinator

Imagine this: You’ve escaped an abusive relationship and you’re ready to start over. But how can you when your finances and credit have been ruined by your abuser? Learn about the financial challenges survivors face and how WC&S helps them rebuild their lives through economic empowerment, housing advocacy, and basic needs provision.

Watch the recording here.

DV and Men


  • Bree, MENS Program Supervisor
  • George, Program Supervisor for Fathers Involved Now, Allegheny Family Network

Men are often the perpetrators of domestic violence in abusive relationships, but they can also be victims, allies to survivors, or committed to learning how to avoid using abusive behaviors. Find out how DV affects men and what WC&S is doing to help end abusive behaviors in the lives of men.

Watch the recording here.

2020 STAND UP for STANDING FIRM Virtual Awards Luncheon Event

October 8th, 2020 – Noon – 1:00pm

The Stand Up for STANDING FIRM Award event brings together leaders of the business community to affirm their commitment to address partner violence in the workplace and to support survivors. This year more than ever, your sponsorship of this event supports the work of STANDING FIRM. This year, we are delighted to welcome Rachel Louise Snyder, author of No Visible Bruises as our Keynote speaker. Ms. Snyder is the winner of the 2020 Hillman Prize for Book Journalism for No Visible Bruises.

Learn more and register here. 

Donating During Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Would you like to make a donation in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month?

View our current/urgent needs list and learn how to donate a meal to shelter residents here.

Donate funds here.

Thank you for your support. We cannot do it without you!