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How We Can Help

 

Blackburn Center responds to the issues of violence or crime. All client services provided at no cost to our clients and are confidential. We offer services to people throughout Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

Our services are provided regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation.

 

24 Hour Hotline

To reach a counselor any time of the day or night, call 1-888-832-2272 (TDD available).

The 24-hour hotline provides crisis counseling to victims of domestic and sexual violence, and all other types of violence and crime. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may use VRS to call the hotline. Calls to our hotline can be anonymous.

 

Shelter
Temporary emergency shelter is available to victims of intimate partner violence and their children. The shelter provides a safe, comfortable haven where a victim can plan for their future. Residents may stay up to 30 days in a six-month period.

 

Counseling and Therapy
Crisis counseling and therapy services are available in-person and through tele-communication.

 

Support Groups
Blackburn Center's staff facilitates weekly support groups for victims of violence or crime to explore their strengths, resources and options. Group participants may include:

            •   Adult victims of domestic violence

            •   Children of victims of domestic violence

            •   Adults sexually abused as children

            •   Victims and survivors of any type of violence and crime

            •   Significant others of victims of any type of crime or violence

            •   Incarcerated victims of violence and crime

 

Emergency Room Visit Support
Medical advocates can meet victims of domestic and sexual violence, and human trafficking at medical facilities in Westmoreland County in order to provide support during medical examinations and information about available options and resources. Medical advocacy services are available 24/7.  
 
Legal System Support
Legal advocates accompany victims of violence or crime and their significant others during PFA hearings, Magisterial District Justice hearings, and trials, and provide support, encouragement, and information about available options.

Blackburn Center Legal

Blackburn Center offers civil legal services for victims of crime for issues that are related to victimization they have experienced representation in matters such as divorce, support, custody, public benefits, immigration, bankruptcy, or Protection from Abuse petitions.  These services initiate through Blackburn Center’s counseling and advocacy services. 

 

Learn About Types of Abuse:

Domestic Violence

Sexual Assault

Children and Abuse

Teen Issues

Elder Abuse

LGBTQ Issues

Bullying

Sexual Harrasment

Stalking

Trafficking

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