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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

4 Ways to Honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month at WC&S

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.

Domestic Violence Awareness MonthWant 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.

Corporate Volunteering

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.

RUSafe: How to Save a Life With an App!

The news. Online. Through social media. And often overheard in a hushed conversation. The subject of domestic abuse is all around us. We hear about it. And we know someone needs to do something about it. But are we that someone? What can we do to help put an end to the violence and abuse so many women face every 9 seconds of the day?

You can become a champion against domestic abuse! Have you heard about our RUSafe App? Once upon a time you may have, but now it’s been completely updated and revamped! In partnership with Aspirant, this newly developed RUSafe App (for iOS and Android devices) has the potential to save lives by assessing the potential risks for domestic violence and harm in dangerous relationships.

RUSafeThis means that you CAN actually help women who are in relationships with batterers. We’ll show you how—just come to our launch event! We’re hosting this FREE event with Aspirant on Wednesday, June 27, at Alloy 26 in the North Shore, with the first session from 5pm – 6:30pm and a second from 7pm – 8:30pm. There, we’ll prepare you to be ready to share the new RUSafe App in your community.

So how does this App work? Thanks for asking. RUSafe provides anyone who feels that they do not have a complete awareness of domestic abuse, or a connection to available support resources, the information they need. With this revamp, the App teaches bystanders about the signs of domestic abuse and how to help. It even has a journaling option now where users can create a new, private email address that is used to track what’s happening with text, audio, or photos.

Each session will consist of networking, drinks, and appetizers.  And at each of the sessions, we will:

● Help you learn more about the App, Women’s Center & Shelter, and the overall topic of domestic abuse so you can feel comfortable sharing and talking about them
● Give you a toolkit (including flyers, business cards, and general information) to help you spread the word
● Give you suggestions on where to place this information

And just for being there, YOU GET TWO FREE CONCERT TICKETS! Live Nation Pittsburgh is offering two lawn tickets to a show of your choice from the following at KeyBank Pavilion for anyone who registers for and attends the launch: Weezer/Pixies (7/10), Styx /Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (7/14), Bush/The Cult (7/21), Rascal Flatts (7/27), Chicago/REO Speedwagon (7/28), and Counting Crows/Live (8/30). Consider it our thanks-for-being-a-good-human form of appreciation!

Ready to be a doer? A champion for victims of domestic abuse? That’s the spirit!  RSVP for either session here and we’ll see you there!