Domestic abuse is often a precursor to other types of violence, including homicide. But all forms of domestic violence, from emotional abuse to financial abuse to reproductive coercion and physical abuse, are damaging. As a society, we need to start taking it more seriously. We need to believe victims, prosecute the offenders, and provide support and services to help victims move forward with their lives.
We have made progress in Pennsylvania towards recognizing domestic violence for the dangerous crime that it is, but it is still not enough. Far too many people — including those who are supposed to help victims — question whether allegations of abuse are true. Far too many people dismiss domestic violence as something that is just a family issue.
At Blackburn Center, we believe that all people should have the right to live their lives free from violence. We need your help to make this goal a reality. You can help us by taking part in one of our community groups, Men As Allies or Future Advocates of Blackburn, volunteering, or donating to help support our mission. Together, we can make a difference — and stop domestic violence in Westmoreland County!