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NextPittsburgh: Center for Victims breaks ground on new South Side shelter

May 7, 2019:  The staff at the Center for Victims in the South Side brings decades of experience to their work assisting women and families fleeing domestic abuse. But even among their experts, Operations Manager Stephanie Fox stands apart.

Fox has firsthand experience in the shelter system. Not as a professional or a volunteer, but as a young mother fleeing violence with her own children.

“I had to do it twice,” Fox says. “So I’m very familiar.”… Read More

WPXI: Pittsburgh group develops technology to protect domestic violence victims

May 2, 2019: A local non-profit group is hoping an app could provide the next step in protection for domestic violence victims, making Allegheny County the first in the nation to use it.

One of the biggest concerns among victims in Pennsylvania is there are only a handful of ways to protect yourself, including a Protection From Abuse order.

Diane Decubellis is not just a victim, she’s a survivor. She filed abuse charges against her ex-boyfriend last year and was alerted by the Center for Victims the day he got out of jail… Read More

90.5 WESA: Local Groups Develop Apps To Help Violent Crime Survivors And Behavioral Health Patients

April 30, 2019: The Pittsburgh Center for Victims is offering survivors of violent crimes a way to stay informed about the legal status of their perpetrators. The center has worked with the Allegheny County Jail to keep survivors informed about release dates for more than 20 years, but according to Center for Victims CEO Laurie MacDonald, the app takes this work a step further… Read More

US DOJ: Ceremony Honors Western Pennsylvania Victims Rights’ Advocates

April 30, 2019:  Two advocates for the Center for Victims – Patrice El-Waaga, Director of Advocacy and Court Services, and Anita White, a Counselor and Advocate, who works primarily with the elderly – were recognized for providing stellar support in myriad federal cases, working side by side with the USAO’s Victim/Witness Coordinator to ensure victims were kept updated on the status of their case, received resources and referrals, and were provided support during court hearings…. Read More

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: ‘Enough is enough’: Pittsburgh synagogue, others react to Calif. shooting

April 27, 2019: The Jewish Federation said in a statement that anyone who feels the need to talk to call Jewish Family and Community Services Counseling Services at 412-422-7200 for support. At night and over the weekend, you can talk with someone right away by calling the Center for Victims Hotline at 1-866-644-2882. … Read More

NextPittsburgh: Center for Victims has new HQ and innovative new approach to dealing with unresolved trauma

April 16, 2019: Laurie MacDonald has been working in victims’ services for 20 years. But until recently, it’s been very much an analog experience.

“For probably the first 15 years, they didn’t even use computers,” she recalls. Even today, the field “really hasn’t been touched by technology.”… Read More

Pittsburgh Business Times: Center for Victims launches app for jail release notifications

April 11, 2019: Center for Victims, a South Side-based organization that provides services to crime victims, launched the Full Circle app Thursday, according to a news release.

Since the organization was founded in 1984, it has worked in partnership with the Allegheny County Jail to provide victims of violent crime notice when their perpetrators are released from jail via phone call… Read More

WPXI: New app could help victims of domestic violence

April 8, 2019: A new app could help victims of domestic violence be notified faster if their abuser is released from custody.

This week, the Center for Victims in the South Side is rolling out a new app called Full Circle… Read More

Public Source: In Allegheny County, domestic violence offenders often avoid the most serious punishment

February 18, 2019: …“More domestic violence cases get settled at a magistrate office than get settled Downtown,” said Ashley Deiuliis, an advocate at the South Side-based nonprofit Center for Victims… Read More

TribLIVE: Shady Side Academy students honor Martin Luther King with day of service

January 24, 2019: Younger students completed kid-friendly service projects that included … packing care bags for kids attending family court through the Center for Victims… Read More

TribLIVE: Woodland Hills hosts MLK basketball tournament

January 19, 2019: …Community organizations and service providers, including the Center for Victims, [hosted] tables throughout the weekend… Read More

Public Source: Treating trauma and society’s ‘collective illness’: Mental health experts rally to provide long-lasting care after Tree of Life shooting

December 26, 2018: … Other agencies providing or hosting counseling services have included the Jewish Community Center, Allegheny County Emergency Services, the Center for Victims, Red Cross, Salvation Army and FOCUS Pittsburgh, among others… Read More

The Incline: ‘What changing statutes of limitations could mean for child sex abuse survivors’

September 11, 2018: Center for Victims’ Clinical Director Cindy Snyder discusses the ongoing fallout surrounding the release of the Grand Jury Report on the Catholic Diocese and efforts to change PA’s statute of limitations. Read More

Pittsburgh Today Live: Hard Rock Café Concert To Benefit Center For Victims

August 13, 2018: Miss Freddye Stover, Billy “The Kid” Evanochko and Frank Vieira stop by to talk about an upcoming concert at the Hard Rock Café, which will benefit the Center for Victims. Learn more

WTAE: ‘Page targeting witnesses in violent crimes disabled by Facebook’

August 10, 2018: “I was actually appalled that people were using social media to intimidate,” said Valerie Dixon, of Pittsburgh’s Center for Victims. “They’ve seen something horrendous something that they’ve never imagined to see in their life and they might not even know how to process it.” Read More

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: ‘No snitching: Facebook page ‘outed’ identities of cooperating witnesses in Pittsburgh’

August 10, 2018: “It’s incredibly dangerous for [witnesses] to have someone doing this to them,” said Tracey Provident, Vice President at the Center for Victims. “It takes a lot of courage to come forward and talk to law enforcement and be involved in an investigation … People’s lives have been forever changed by a gunshot injury, and then you add to that this fear to come forward, and with good reason.” Read More

KDKA-TV: Why Our Dogs Are Different:

April 13, 2018: Center for Victims Therapist Megan Cook joins Gryffin and his Canine Assisted Advocate Tammi Potts on KDKA-TV | CBS Pittsburgh‘s Showcase Pittsburgh earlier this morning to answer common questions about Gryffin’s normal day at work: what he does, how he helps children process trauma, how his work integrates with ongoing therapy, and what sets him apart from other courthouse or therapy dogs.

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