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May 1, 2019

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  This is the time when we have the opportunity to provide support, educate the public about mental illness, fight stigma and advocate for policies to support people with mental illness and their families.

Studies show that 1 in 5 pe...

November 29, 2017

The news has been full of stories recently of women and men alike coming forward to tell their stories of being sexual assaulted or harassed.  Many of the perpetrators are famous or powerful men, while still others are unnamed or unknown abusers.  We have reached...

March 21, 2017

In over forty years of providing services to Westmoreland County, Blackburn Center has helped thousands of residents heal and regain a sense of hope after the devastating impact of domestic violence, sexual assault, or other types of violence of crime.  Yet despite rea...

December 7, 2016

 When it comes to gender-based violence, the news is often overwhelming: another sexual assault, another domestic violence-related murder-suicide, another instance of a child killing herself after being relentlessly bullied online.   It’s hard to imagine what you can d...

September 14, 2016

At Blackburn Center, we have been providing services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in Westmoreland County since 1976.  Over the past 40 years, our mission has primarily stayed the same – but our focus has evolved.  In 2002, we recommitted to the part of ou...

June 1, 2016

 If you or someone you know or love has been affected by violence, it can be hard to know where or how to find help.  At Blackburn Center, we understand that the need to talk to someone can arise at any time of the day or night. That’s why we offer a 24 hour hotline fo...

February 10, 2016


Domestic violence can take many forms, from emotional to physical abuse, reproductive coercion and more.  With such a wide variety of behaviors classified as domestic violence, it can be easy to misunderstand what this type of abuse really is.  We often see different...

December 9, 2015

Last week, several women accused a well-known man of raping them, including an ex-girlfriend and former co-workers.  Witnesses to some of these assaults stepped forward and confirmed the accounts. Some of the assaults may even have been captured on camera. Yet many que...

November 18, 2015

If you follow our page, you are likely aware that Blackburn Center provides a number of services to victims of domestic and sexual violence, from our emergency shelter to medical and legal accompaniment to a variety of individual and group counseling options.  What you...

October 13, 2015

Often, when we speak to community members about the work Blackburn Center does in Westmoreland County, they are surprised to hear about the scope and depth of our services.  Most people who know about Blackburn associate us with our emergency shelter for victims of dom...

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