The truth is, leaving an abusive relationship is incredibly difficult. It’s dangerous and complex, often involving children, family pets, financial insecurity, and an uncertain future. The most lethal time in an abusive relationship is after a victim leaves. More than 70% of domestic violence homicides happen after the victim has left or when they are attempting to leave.
While the statistics can be daunting, every small act of kindness can make a difference in the life of a survivor. Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh (WC&S) works diligently to bring safety and hope to those who need it most, but they need your help. All online donations collected by WC&S through the end of the year will be matched by the Benter Foundation up to a total of $15,000.
Through programs and services like the Emergency Shelter, 24-Hour Hotline, Children’s Program, Legal and Medical Advocacy, on and off-site Support Groups, Individual Counseling and more, WC&S has served more than 8,000 adults and children in the past year. WC&S is widening and deepening its programs and services now more than ever to meet the growing needs of survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) and their children. During their 45 years of dedication to this cause, WC&S has seen first-hand that with community support and a great deal of bravery, survivors and their children can rebuild their lives with a renewed sense of hope and security.
“WC&S is a place where survivors can go to be safe from abuse. For me, this organization is more than a shelter. It is a magnificent place where they provide tremendous emotional and physical support, but above all, knowledge at a critical stage.”
These powerful words from an IPV survivor provide insight into what healing can look like. Everyone has a different journey, but the end goal is the same: to live a safe, productive life and experience joy within themselves and with their loved ones.
A donation to WC&S can make a big difference in the lives of survivors and their children when they need it most. IPV survivors are courageous and carry a sense of determination with them that is truly something to behold. They often go from feeling worthless to worthy because they are provided with education and resources to help them understand that the abuse is not their fault.
“There is no better feeling than being independent, strong, hopeful, and safe. I have learned so much about myself and I deserve to be happy. There is hope.”
Please consider providing the priceless gift of hope this holiday season. There is no better time than now to help a survivor begin again. To learn more or to make a donation visit www.DVTruths.org.