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She Matters Series Now On Demand: Protecting & Uplifting Black Girls

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Southwest PA Says No More partnered with Gwen’s Girls and the Black Girls Equity Alliance in sponsoring the She Matters webinar series to center the experiences of Black girls and to examine our responsibility to protect them from harm and to promote culturally relevant, trauma-informed supports for healing and wholeness. We believe that when Black and gender-nonconforming youth are safe, supported and nurtured, we will have created a community where everyone can thrive. The four-part She Matters webinar series is now available on demand on You Tube. SHE MATTERS WEBINAR SERIES: PROTECTING & UPLIFTING THE WELL-BEING OF BLACK GIRLS Black Girls and Gender-Based Violence What Does …

She Matters webinar: Black Girls and Gender-Based Violence – September 10, 2020

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Southwest PA Says No More is proud to be a partner of Gwen’s Girls and the Black Girls Equity Alliance in sponsoring the She Matters webinar series. The next webinar will explore the most prevalent forms of gender-based violence experienced by Black girls in Pittsburgh and highlight community-based interventions. Commercial sexual exploitation, dating violence and missing youth will be explored during the discussion. Hear from advocates about the early warning signs of gender-based violence and the resources needed to end the abuse to prison pipeline experienced by far too many Black girls. She Matters Webinar Series: Protecting & Uplifting the Well-Being of Black Girls She Matters: Black …

Stand Up for Standing Firm 2020 Virtual Awards Luncheon – October 8, 2020

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STANDING FIRM is partnering with Southwest PA Says No More and United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania to invite past participants of the annual Father’s Day Pledge, and all interested employers to join the western PA employer community in a virtual “Pledge against Violence” during STANDING FIRM’s Awards Event, Stand Up for Standing Firm. The virtual awards luncheon will bring leaders of the business community together to affirm their commitment to address partner violence in the workplace and to support survivors. This year’s keynote speaker, Rachel Louise Snyder is the author of No Visible Bruises, for which she was awarded the 2020 Hillman Prize for Book …

Presenting Jodi Kantor, Pulitzer prize-winning author of She Said – November 30, 2020

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Southwest PA Says No More in partnership with Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Presents: JODI KANTOR Pulitzer prize-winning journalist who broke the Harvey Weinstein story for The New York Times Monday, November 30, 2020 – 7 p.m. – Carnegie Library Lecture Hall* (Rescheduled event) Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Jodi Kantor will be coming to Pittsburgh with She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement, written with Megan Twohey. The two reporters broke the news of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment and abuse for The New York Times. She Said tells the untold story of their investigation and its consequences for the #MeToo movement. For years, reporters had tried …

Committed to Black Lives Matter, Anti-Racism and Anti-Violence

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The Black Lives Matter movement has invited all of us into deeper reflection about racism and white privilege. The national conversation has largely focused on policing, but the reality is that racism and privilege are embedded in all of our systems and institutions, even those created with expressly good intentions like those that support victims of domestic and sexual violence or aim to prevent these crimes. It takes courage and commitment to look at ourselves and our organizations with the intent to learn how the poison of racism lives inside, even when we have the best of intentions to be equitable and inclusive. Futures Without …

She Matters: Protecting & Uplifting the Well-Being of Black Girls – Webinar Series

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The Black Lives Matter movement has invited all of us into deeper reflection about the impacts of racism and privilege on us, on our communities, and in our work to end domestic and sexual violence. To be effective, we need to understand and acknowledge the long history of exploitation and violence against Black and brown people, and how systems of racism and oppression continue to shape the experience of Black girls today, increasing their vulnerability to harm and providing fewer options for safety and justice. Southwest PA Says No More is proud to be a partner of Gwen’s Girls and the Black Girls Equity Alliance, …

Southwest Pa Says No More Pittsburgh teams up with the Steelers for Father’s Day Pledge to End Domestic and Sexual Violence

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GM & players recite the pledge and say “No More” in Zoom-style video The Pittsburgh Steelers are taking a stand to end violence against women in a new campaign for the 6th annual Father’s Day Pledge. Each year, prominent community members lend their voices to the prevention of domestic and sexual assault in our region. Thanks to a grant awarded by the NFL Foundation, the 2020 Father’s Day Pledge campaign is being observed (virtually) with help from the Steelers. The new video opens with a startling statistic: “Steeler Nation is not just about geography. It’s about values: loyalty, perseverance, doing what is right even when …

Support the Father’s Day Pledge to End Gender Violence in 2020

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Each year, Southwest Pa Says No More invites community members to lend their voice to the prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault for the annual Father’s Day Pledge. While we cannot publicly gather as in years past, we encourage everyone to do their part. This message comes at a critical time as reports of abuse continue to rise in our region. Here are three ways to show support: Take the pledge! https://southwestpasaysnomore.org/fathers-day-pledge/ Say “NO MORE” and share why on social media with this downloadable sign. Look for an exclusive video debut on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, 2020. Also hear local leaders recite the …

Spotlight on Alle-Kiski HOPE Center, Inc.

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Alle-Kiski Area HOPE Center Executive Director Michelle L. Gibb talks about HOPE’s swift response for victims of domestic violence who can be less safe in their homes during the lockdown and how a concerned neighbor was able to get help. “In the midst of a global pandemic and sweeping stay-at-home orders, HOPE realized very quickly that staying at home offers no refuge for victims of domestic violence who are less safe in their own homes than almost anywhere else. Among the myriad tasks to “re-envision” HOPE’s service-delivery system, we recognized access to HOPE for victims emerged as a clear priority. How can victims contact us? …

Spotlight on Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania

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Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania (DVSSP) shares a heartwarming story about a local high school student who’s bringing comfort to survivors through her Pillows for Peace initiative. “One of DVSSP’s most dedicated volunteers came through with another donation to bring comfort to domestic violence survivors and their children during this critical time. Nina Thompson, a Bentworth High School student, collects pillows and pillowcases, as well as toiletries, toys, bath towels, wash cloths, and other items for residents of DVSSP’s safe houses through her ‘Pillows for Peace’ initiative. The items provide additional comfort for residents who are able to receive their own, new pillowcase and …

Spotlight on Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh

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With intimate partner violence on the rise and stay-at-home orders still in place, it has become more necessary than ever to add new ways in which survivors can reach out for help. To address this growing need, Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh has debuted new ways to reach out for help: a text line and an online chat feature, in addition to its existing 24-Hour Hotline. 24-Hour Hotline:  412-687-8005 If someone is not able to talk on the phone, they can: Text the number (240) 249-7867 and a WC&S Advocate will be standing by to assist. Access the online chat by visiting the WC&S website, and clicking …

Giant Eagle teams up with local agencies to reach survivors during stay-at-home orders

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Local agencies are working to provide safety and hope to those affected by intimate partner violence (IPV) during the COVID-19 pandemic. To address the new barriers the pandemic has created for survivors seeking help, Giant Eagle has teamed up with Women’s Center & Shelter, Crisis Center North and the Alle-Kiski Area HOPE Center to reach survivors during stay-at-home orders. Beginning this week, 12,600 postcards (PDFs) with contact information for all three centers have been placed in 42 Giant Eagle locations in Allegheny County. The postcards are available at the end of every register in each grocery store. They offer a variety of options for intimate partner violence …

Spotlight on HAVIN

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HAVIN Executive Director Jo Ellen Bowman, Armstrong County, talks about the exceptional response and collaboration with its sister programs in Allegheny County amid the pandemic  – in fact, they have been shining stars in this process! “For HAVIN – Helping All Victims In Need – we continually work with our shelter guests to help them move forward and live a life free from violence, which often includes permanent housing. With concerns about communal living with Covid-19, we feel more pressured to limit the number of people in our emergency shelter and help them transition out of shelter. We have had an exceptional response working with sister programs in …

Spotlight on Crisis Center North

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Crisis Center North In our spotlight series, Grace Coleman, executive director, shares a story of a remarkable survivor who was on her way to financial independence before the Covid-19 outbreak. “Crisis Center North (CCN) is working with clients in new, innovative ways to keep them safe and meet their needs during the pandemic. During the Covid-19 outbreak, CCN’s mobile counseling unit has been helping a remarkable survivor who has worked to get herself through college after spending two years in transitional housing. Before the Covid-19 outbreak, she was on her way to financial independence and security for the first time, having just found a permanent …

Spotlight on Alice Paul House

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Alice Paul House In our spotlight series, Executive Director Audia Boyles talks about serving the community and the heightened response during the pandemic. “As we reach the fifth week of the stay home order, has anyone thought about the victims of violence that are unable to escape the daily abuse? The Covid-19 pandemic has touched us all in one way or another. With schools closed, and many individuals working from home, we have a chance to spend more time with our families and pets. However, for many Americans, home is one of the most dangerous places to be. Alice Paul House, located in Indiana County, …

Spotlight Series – Stories from the Field

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As providers of essential life-sustaining services, domestic violence programs across the region are open and have swiftly evolved their operations as part of a community-wide response to the Covid-19 outbreak. Each week, we’ll share stories from the field and illustrate how advocates continue to serve on the front lines to help keep victims safe and prevent abuse. Alice Paul House Crisis Center North HAVIN Giant Eagle teams up with local agencies Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania Alle-Kiski HOPE Center, Inc.

Crisis Center North invites domestic violence victims to text and chat if it’s not safe to call for help

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Crisis Center North recently launched a new text message/online chat service so victims of domestic violence can discreetly and quickly connect with an expert to ask for help and support. This service can be a lifeline when a call to the agency’s 24/7 helpline is not an option. Many domestic violence programs are worried about the worldwide increase in violence and abuse. They also know that as people shelter in place to stop the spread of Covid-19, domestic violence victims can be trapped in their homes with an abusive partner who further isolates them from family and friends. In Pittsburgh’s North Hills community, domestic violence …

With surge in domestic violence during pandemic, local agencies call on community to seek help for victims

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With reports of a worldwide surge in domestic violence, the United Nations is calling for urgent action for governments to put women’s safety first as part of their response to the pandemic. Locally, domestic violence agencies and advocates want the public to know that help is available. As essential service providers, agencies and shelters across southwestern Pennsylvania are open. While complying with social distancing measures, they are working to both reach and support victims of abuse. These agencies offer 24-hour helplines to provide support and information, safety planning, assistance with filing Protection from Abuse (PFA) orders, emergency safe housing, and resources for families and individuals. They …

Help is available 24/7 to support victims of abuse

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As we all do our part to stay in our homes and keep our families, workplaces and communities safe, agency partners are working 24/7 to reach and support survivors. This is a scary time for many families since abuse can escalate behind closed doors. It’s more important now than ever to promote the free and confidential helplines and online resources that are available for victims of domestic and sexual abuse. You can help. If you suspect that someone you know is in danger, reach out for free, confidential support 24 hours a day: o   For a list of resources in the 10-county area, see: southwestpasaysnomore.org/help/ o   The RUSafe app can assess …

Southwest PA Says No More kicks off NO MORE Week at 2020 annual meeting

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Southwest Pa Says No More partners and supporters showed their teal pride, kicking off NO MORE Week at the 2020 annual meeting in March. The group shared highlights of local prevention work and the collaboration of nearly 25 partner agencies in creating a world free from domestic violence and sexual assault from the 2019-20 Year in Review and CBIM Yearbook. In the keynote, Emily F. Rothman discussed the impact of explicit media on adolescent relationships and her experience as a researcher and porn literacy practitioner. Dr. Rothman is the co-author of “The Truth About Pornography: A Curriculum To Reduce Dating and Sexual Violence,” the forthcoming …