Who We Are
What We Do
Activating men to take action and be part of the solution
Engaging community groups in taking action to prevent violence and abuse
Promoting conversations about domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, specifically with young people
On average more than three women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the U.S.
1 in 4
Nearly one in four women in the U.S. reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or boyfriend at some point in her life.
Women are much more likely than men to be victimized by a current or former intimate partner.
1 in 3
Approximately one in three adolescent girls in the United States is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.
It's time to end domestic violence and sexual assault in our region.
To kick off International NO MORE week, 60 corporate, civic, and community leaders convened for the annual Leadership Breakfast to Prevent Domestic Violence. The event was hosted by United Way of Southwestern PA, Southwest PA Says NO MORE, STANDING FIRM, and the FISA Foundation. This year’s event, held at the Benedum Center, was a beautiful venue for leaders to convene once again in person. The speakers discussed the role of a workplace in recognizing, supporting, and intervening on behalf of survivors of domestic violence. Set against the backdrop of the current tenant of the Benedum, Hamilton: An American Musical, a repeat refrain was best expressed …
“One in four women report being abused in their lifetime, and they often carry the stress of that with them to work.” Earlier this month, local WTAE news anchor, Shannon Perrine, interviewed President and CEO Bobbi Watt Geer of United Way of Southwestern PA along with a survivor of domestic violence, and Kevin Wilkes, Chief Security Officer for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The interview highlighted the important ways in which employers can make an impact on the issue of domestic abuse. STANDING FIRM, a SWPA Says NO MORE partner, teaches employers how to recognize, respond and refer when they see signs of abuse. One way …
The Transformative Justice in the Lives of Survivors with Disabilities Webinar was held on November 18, 2021. This was the last session in a three-part webinar series in partnership with the Vera Institute of Justice, a national organization with expertise in addressing the disproportionate rates of abuse and violence against people with disabilities. With high rates of victimization and incarceration, people with disabilities have an elevated likelihood of having contact with the criminal legal system. This contact can be deadly, with 50% of people killed by police in the United States having a disability. This long history of being harmed by the state-sponsored justice system has …
From Classroom to Dorm Room: Serving Survivors with Disabilities on Campus was the second session in a three-part webinar series in partnership with the Vera Institute of Justice, a national organization with expertise in addressing the disproportionate rates of abuse and violence against people with disabilities. The session explored barriers to serving college students with disabilities who experience sexual assault or abuse and also provided solutions to address these challenges. Panelists included Kaitlin Shetler, Vera Institute of Justice; Maria Cristina Pacheco, National Organization for Victim Assistance; and Wanda Swan, Founder and Executive Director of the Swan Center for Advocacy and Research, Inc. This webinar was intended …